Wounded Warrior Project TRACK Program Celebrates Graduation of First San Antonio Cohort

Graduates from the first Wounded Warrior Project TRACK Program in San Antonio: front row, left to right, Aaron Davis, Jesus Archuleta, Ryan Alaniz, and C. J. Larkin; back row, Shane Ray, Nick Beintema, Mike Bravo, Curtis Johnson, and Mike Owens.

On Dec. 9, the Wounded Warrior Project held a ceremony for its first class of San Antonio TRACK graduates. Eight students were honored.

TRACK is a one-year, on-site program in San Antonio, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla., with both academic and vocational training designed specifically for wounded soldiers. The academic classes are taught by local colleges, and credit can be applied toward a bachelor’s or associate’s degree or vocational certificate. The academic phase includes health and wellness training, personal finance workshops and resume/interview preparation. In the final vocational phase, students transition into the workplace with local employers.

The second class is currently in session at the San Antonio center. The Jacksonville center is in its sixth class.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a special achievement as we celebrate the graduation of this first San Antonio cohort, said Spero Tshontikidis, director, educational services, TRACK. “TRACK strives to foster an environment to ensure wounded warriors are economically empowered, and the success of these eight servicemen really lays the foundation for the continued commitment to excellence of our students going forward."

Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, U.S. Army was the keynote speaker. Currently, serving for the Installation Management Command (IMCOM), Ciotola’s stateside assignments include tours at Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood.

TRACK students receive a biweekly grant that covers class fees, books, materials, a laptop, and living and housing expenses. Classes begin in August and January. Click here for more information.