Gold’s Gym announced that it will officially partner with Veterans Fitness Career College (VFCC), an organization that provides fitness education, certification, job placement, career guidance, advocacy and support to veterans, and their dependents, looking to launch a career in the fitness industry.
VFCC is the only academic institution with an all-veteran staff and extensive experience in the fitness industry, providing veterans a non-college degree personal trainer certificate program.
“The unemployment rate amongst our nation’s veterans is unacceptably high, and Gold’s Gym is proud to provide an opportunity for veterans to work at our gyms, and transition into civilian life,” said Todd Scartozzi, the COO of Gold’s Gym. “This partnership will allow veterans to begin a new chapter in their lives. We’re excited to welcome all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom into the Gold’s Gym family, and we look forward to launching their careers in fitness.”
According to Gold’s Gym, the partnership is part of a larger commitment the company has made with VFCC and the military veteran community. In addition to Gold’s Gym Holding Corp providing practical job training to veterans, the company’s corporate-owned gym locations will provide active duty and veterans with free enrollment and the option of a one-month complimentary membership with one free personal training session.
“It was a natural progression of my journey to combine my passion for fitness along with my commitment to help veterans into this social-venture,” said Chris Paschane, the founder and CEO of VFCC. “Gold’s Gym really stepped up to the plate to serve our veterans and we’re extremely excited to partner with Gold’s Gym corporate. Everyone at Gold’s Gym proved to us they really care about our veterans and are willing to do whatever they can do to help veterans make a successful transition into a fitness career with their organization. We look forward to a great relationship with Gold’s Gym.”