Boots to Business Program Expands to Host Communities

Veterans in Las Vegas, Michigan, Mississippi, Maryland and Massachusetts will be getting a little more support following the expansion of MGM Resorts International’s Boots to Business program.

MGM Resorts announced on June 26 that it is partnering with the American Red Cross to expand the jobs program, which prepares veterans for civilian careers in the industry. A $250,000 grant will help expand Boots to Business into the communities where MGM Resorts has resorts or has plans to build them: Biloxi, Tunica, Detroit, Springfield, Mass., and Prince George’s County, Md., where the National Harbor development is located.

“This program helps us to be good citizens in the community and to serve our veterans who have served us so well. It also helps us find the best and the brightest when it comes to leadership, teamwork and discipline,” said Michelle DiTondo, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts.

Boots to Business has graduated more than 15 veterans in two sessions since its inception in Las Vegas last year. The 12-week management training program helps vets transition to the business environment. Now, MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica will also be able to offer similar programs in their respective communities. In Springfield and Prince George’s County, the grant money will help place local vets into jobs with community-based employers.

“MGM Resorts has demonstrated honor and respect to our veterans, not only through programs like this one, but by hosting wounded warriors several times a year. They don’t do this for publicity or show, they do this because it’s the right thing to do,” said Scott Emerson, CEO of the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada. “That’s why this partnership is such a natural fit for us. Thank you to MGM Resorts for stepping forward and leading the way.”

The grant funding also includes deployment support for current MGM Resorts employees called to active duty and ongoing support through mentoring and networking. Ms. DiTondo also signed a Statement of Support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in June. MGM Resorts is the first integrated resort company to sign such a pledge.

“Supportive employers like MGM Resorts International are critical to maintaining the readiness and strength of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units and allow Guardsmen and Reservists the opportunity to serve our country more effectively and with greater peace of mind,” said John Moseley, ESGR Nevada Committee Vice Chair.