TRACK – Wounded Warrior Project’s Education, Work, &Wellness Program

Based in Northvale, New Jersey (NJ), RCS Northvale supplies its customers across the United States with industrial-strength cleaning systems, construction products, and safety equipment. Besides managing client accounts and call center operations from the company’s NJ headquarters, President Jason Rubach leads RCS Northvale in its support of philanthropic organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Through the TRACK program, WWP provides education and civilian career training specially developed for Wounded Warriors, those who have sustained physical or mental injuries in military service since September 11, 2001.

With facilities in Jacksonville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas, TRACK enrolls teams composed exclusively of eligible Wounded Warriors in a 12-month education, career readiness, and support program. Thus, participants progress through the entire program among students who all share the experience of wartime injury. This increases participants’ chances of success by fostering an environment of peer encouragement and group identity not available to veterans in conventional academic settings.

The first of the three elements of TRACK is an educational unit that constitutes the first nine months of the program. TRACK teams take classes through Florida State College at Jacksonville or the Alamo College System in San Antonio. An approved Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, TRACK allows participants to concentrate on their studies by providing them with a subsistence stipend. TRACK also covers school-related expenses, such as class fees and text books. Those participants who go on to pursue vocational certificates or associate’s or bachelor’s degrees can obtain credit hours for their TRACK coursework.

After finishing the nine-month education segment, TRACK participants enter the work experience phase of the program and spend three months in an externship with a civilian employer. Placement with a local Jacksonville or San Antonio employer is conducted with the assistance of WWP.

Throughout all 12 months, participants are also engaged to take part in TRACK’s health and wellness program. Activities teach coping mechanisms for anxiety and depression, techniques for alleviating stress, and time management skills to balance school and work responsibilities. Additionally, the Health and Wellness Coordinator designs exercise regimens tailored to each Wounded Warrior’s abilities.