Through influence and ideas, Dixon Center inspired the development of the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program. This program, sponsored by the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) is transforming the lives of veterans and their families throughout the country. As this program has graduated over 700 veterans, Dixon Center has continued to partner with them to ensure that transitioning service members and veterans reach their full potential.
Assisted ABF Freight, one of the leading transportation companies in the country, design a management training program geared toward transitioning service members and veterans. This program, the ABF Freight Military Partnership for Supervisors (AMPS), is another example of careers that are a pathway into the middle class with opportunities for continued advancement for veterans.
Since 2015, Dixon Center has partnered with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, ABF Freight, DoD and military installations. This work has resulted in hundreds of transitioning service members and veterans being trained, licensed/certified, and employed in careers with average starting wages over $60,000 a year and opportunities for advancement in the transportation industry.
The United Association, a labor union that represents workers in the plumbing and pipefitting industry, has created one of the oldest, largest and most successful career skill programs for transitioning service members. Located at seven military installations across the country, Dixon Center is now part of their training curriculum to address the evolving needs of these future veterans and their families.
In recognition of Dixon Center’s experience in building workforce development programs for veterans, Dixon Center was selected as a member of Task Force Movement: Life Cycle Pathways for Veterans and Military to Trucking, a new partnership to support the White House’s initiative to strengthen America’s trucking industry. Comprised of leaders from veteran organizations, industry, and government officials, TF Movement will create careers into the transportation industry for veterans, alleviating both unemployment and underemployment.