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Missouri Division of Workforce Development partners with Fort Leonard Wood to prepare Soldiers for civilian employment

by Erin Younkin | Jan 01, 2018

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri –January 3, 2018 – The Missouri Division of Workforce Development has added a new position at Fort Leonard Wood to support the Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP). This unique Army program prepares transitioning Soldiers for civilian employment through first-class apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships and employment-skills training. Eligible Soldiers can enter this program up to 180 days prior to their separation from service.

The program allows eligible businesses to provide apprenticeships, teach new job skills, and prepare Soldiers as potential new hires for six months, at no cost and at their business location. Soldiers benefit by getting paid to learn new job skills and potentially having no break in employment upon separation from the military.

The Missouri Division of Workforce Development will be partnering with Fort Leonard Wood and the Army’s CSP with the help of Army veteran Gary Jensen. Jensen, who served in the military for 23 years, recently took on the role of Fort Leonard Wood CSP Coordinator effective Nov. 1, 2017. Prior to joining the Division in 2014 as a trainer, he worked in training development for a local contractor.

“We are very pleased the state has dedicated resources to leverage this great Army program that helps Soldiers and Families, and ultimately keeps them in Missouri after completing their military service. It’s another great partnership and win-win for Soldiers, the Fort Leonard Wood Region, and the state of Missouri,” said Sustainable Ozarks Partnership Executive Director Kent Thomas.

Jensen will be working closely with the Army's CSP Installation Administrator, Walter Harris. Harris began working as the CSP Installation Administrator for Fort Leonard Wood on Aug. 28, 2017. Harris is a retired veteran and served for 22 years.

More information about the Army’s Career Skills Program is available at: or by contacting Gary Jensen at or Walter Harris at 

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood Region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.


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