CREATED Jul. 16, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas native donates big money to help veterans start a new career.
Ken Goodrich said he wanted to find a way to thank veterans who served our country and sacrificed much. So he's helping them get the tools they need to start a new career.
Jamie Olson served 5 years in the United States Army. Now, he's a student at the College of Southern Nevada studying air conditioning technology. "AC is a very needed thing. People who know how to fix it is even a bigger needed thing."
Jamie, like a lot of vets, got help paying for school through the GI bill. But the bill won't cover the tools he'll need when he starts his career.
Now, every vet who graduates from this program will get a new tool kit valued at $1,000 to help them get on their way thanks to Ken Goodrich.
Goodrich is a Las Vegas native who has been in the air conditioning business his entire life. He's donated more than $250,000 to the program at CSN. But this latest donation is perhaps the most personal.
"The first part of it is we're grateful for what they do for us the sacrifices they make. I travel quite a bit and I see them in airports and when I can, I try to make time to say thank you for everything they've done."
There are more than a dozen veterans currently enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program at CSN but Goodrich hopes this will attract even more. He said vets are great hires; they work hard and they are disciplined, quality people.