Thousands of servicemen and women from all branches of the military are now coming home, returning to school and to the workplace, eager to start new lives and become leaders in our community.
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce , along with the University of Colorado Denver Office of Veteran Support Services , have teamed up to create the CU Denver Boots to Suits: Professional Development program to help veterans shift from their roles as service men and women to students and, from there, to business professionals and leaders in our community.
The Boots to Suits partnership relies on the support of the greater Denver business community to succeed. Here’s how business, nonprofit and government entities can get involved:
Offer an Internship
Employers recruit student veterans to work on special projects, assist with daily tasks or provide support up to 20 hours per week during the fall or spring semester. Internships benefit both student veterans and employers: students gain experience related to their academic major and career goals while employers benefit from their skills and assistance.
Mentor a Veteran
This semester-long program matches Denver executives with student veterans in their senior year at CU Denver to help set them up for success in the business world. Business leaders commit to meeting with the student veteran four times to share their insights and advice as well as open doors to others within their organization. At the end of the mentorship, mentoring organizations have the option of purchasing a suit for the student veteran at cost through the support of Brooks Brothers.
To become a mentor or learn more about the program please contact Bridget Garcia.
Hire a Veteran
The CU Denver Office of Veteran Student Services and the CU Denver Career Center work in tandem to match highly trained student veterans with company needs for permanent positions. Potential employers can be confident veteran students are ready for the business world as each is required to complete a program of professional preparation leading to a Certificate of Employability. In addition, companies may be eligible for tax benefits by hiring our military veterans.
Suit Up Our Veterans
Many student veterans went directly from high school into the military and lack business attire to wear to job interviews. Because of this, Boots to Suits has partnered with Brooks Bros. to provide suits to our student veterans at cost. If you would like to donate to offset the cost of one or more suits, visit www.ucdenver.edu/bootstosuits and click on the Donate Now button.
Other Boots to Suits programs include mock employment interviews for student veterans beginning the job search process and panel discussions tailored to their needs, including CEOs discussing what employers are looking for in today’s job market, veteran business owners on how to start a business, and human resources representatives on how to translate military skills to the workforce.
Veterans sacrificed for us in battle. Now it’s time to support them in business.
Businesses and individuals who would like to support CU Denver Boots to Suits—whether by hiring or mentoring a student veteran, participating in a panel series or volunteering to assist with mock interviews —can click here or contact the CU Denver Office of Veteran Student Services at 303.556.2630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Veterans have many of the characteristics we seek in new hires: loyalty to past employers, commitment to ongoing development, experience in team-oriented environments, leadership qualities and a strong work ethic. In addition, veterans bring another element of diversity to PCL’s inclusive culture.”
Corporate Human Resource Manager
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce's Commitment to Hiring Veterans:
At the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce we are committed to ensuring that HR teams are not overlooking veterans in the hiring process. Our Board of Directors have also taken this committment. Below you will find a list of those members who are committed to ensuring that their HR teams are not overlooking veterans in their hiring processes.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLC
Bryan Cave HRO
Burkett Design Inc.
Cassidy Turley/Fuller Real Estate
Comcast Cable Communications
Denver International Airport
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc.
Entravision Television Group
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Janus Capital Group Inc.
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Merrick & Company
Public Service Company Colorado, an Xcel Energy Company
Saunders Construction Inc.
Sharklet Technologies, Inc.
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System
Sky Blue Builders, LLC
The Children's Hospital Colorado
The Colorado Health Foundation
The Gart Companies
University of Colorado-Denver
Wells Fargo Bank NA
Western Union Foundation
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in this commitment to hiring veterans has joined the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to kick off a hiring effort for veterans.
Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (COESGR) is a Department of Defense office, led and operated by dedicated volunteers and staff whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of USERRA, resolving conflicts through mediation and developing initiatives to increase employment opportunities for military service members and veterans. This dedicated field committee numbers a continuing growing cadre of well over
184 volunteers reaching out to employers and military service members in nine different functional areas such as Employer and Military Outreach, Public Affairs, Ombudsmen, Training, and Special Programs throughout the State and for many, serving in more than one functional area.
If you would like to add your organization/company to our list of those committed to ensuring that HR teams are not overlooking veterans in the hiring process please contact Bridget Garcia.