Providence Hospital in the Ascension Gulf Coast Ministry Market is the first hospital in Mobile, Alabama, to partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for the new Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship program.

The program is designed to train active duty service members in the job skills they need to transition into management positions in the civilian sector. Participants undergo a week of corporate training followed by 11 weeks of on-the-job training with a host organization along with classroom corporate education. Upon completion of the 12-week program, service members have expanded their credentials and marketability.

Nicholas Hatfield, who will soon complete a 20-year stint in the U.S. Army, began his fellowship training at Providence Jan. 31. He will work in the hospital's Security department learning the ropes of security management.

"We are proud and honored to be a part of this innovative program that helps long term service members explore civilian careers they're interested in," said Jamey Greer, Executive Director of Operations at Providence. "Military personnel are a perfect fit for hospitals. Who better to run your security than a military person? Military personnel make excellent facility managers as well. Who wouldn't want to have someone who is experienced with facility equipment such as generators and boilers? These service members are very resourceful as they have had to make repairs on a ship or foreign base with limited supplies. It's an easy fit and a win-win for everybody."

More information about the program is available at www.hiringourheroes.org.