LAS VEGAS—Nine U.S. military veterans have completed “Boots to Business,” an inaugural program designed to help veterans in Las Vegas transition from military service into management positions at properties owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The program was sponsored by MGM Resorts, in partnership with the American Red Cross.
“We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in the development of an innovative program that identified, recruited and trained recent U.S. military veterans for entry-level management positions at MGM Resorts,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.
On September 10, during a ceremony held at Circus Circus Las Vegas, the veterans graduated from “Boots,” a 10-week management training and transitional support program. The curriculum included “reconnection workshops” that utilized small group discussions to unify military families after deployment. The workshops also provided veterans with skills necessary to transition from military command to a corporate environment.
“Among post-9/11 veterans nationally, unemployment stands at 9.5 percent, and for those who are 24 years and younger, the unemployment rate is 29 percent,” said Michelle DiTondo, senior vice president of Human Resources for MGM Resorts International. “The Boots to Business program meets an important societal need, as well as a crucial business imperative to recruit highly motivated leaders into our company.”
“Boots to Business answers a need that local veterans have, in that it helps corporations look at the special talents that returning veterans possess, and how to best integrate those skill sets into the corporate structure,” says Scott Emerson, Southern Nevada CEO of the American Red Cross. “It allows both the company and the veterans to examine how they can best work with one another to create a relationship of value to one another. It has truly been a pleasure to work with the MGM Resorts team to make this program a reality.”
Call (702) 369-3038 for more information on Boots to Business.