From Our Students, Graduates & Clients:
Read Testimonials below.
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I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for Ashley Gonzalez. [CVDC] Ashley has been my Coach for the past few months. I am in an absolute better position mentally than what I was a few months back. I appreciate the extra mile that he goes in assisting me on my journey. The selflessness and passion is clearly evident in his wanting to assist others. Anthony Mesias – Client of Hawk Eye Graduate and Certified Veteran Development Coach [CVDC]
“As a military spouse I wanted a way to support other spouses in a tangible way. By reminding me of academic material I learned in school, this program allowed me to see that I already had a solid foundation for coaching, but it filled in the gaps, like the differences between coaching and therapy, and setting a plan for client-directed, intense, short term coaching to help the client achieve a specific goal or move forward from their current space. I am now a competent, talented coach.” R.E.
“This course really helped me to locate myself within the transition. It’s so needed, and heartfelt. Jessi, is an instructor like none other I’ve none when it comes to passionately showing others how to assist others (particularly veterans)! I’m so glad to have had this experience. I know I’m a better coach now, because I have the Hawk Eye effect going on! Lol!” Wanda Petty, Retired Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, AKA Sistah Soldier, Certified Coach
“Some of the benefits I received in this program:
- Learning different theories of motivation and change.
- Learning coaching skills of listening, using powerful questions and developing resonance and attunement with clients
- Understanding potential obstacles that veterans may face in their efforts to reintegrate back into a civilian career and life.
- Having a better understanding of the military experience to identify skills that are transferable to civilian careers.
Jessi La Costa is a fine teacher, facilitator, coach, mentor and mostly a dedicated, sincere, thoughtful, helpful and engaging human being. Everyone in our cohort brought value to the course through effective on-line chat-room postings. I am amazed at how Jessi was able to create and orchestrate an environment of trust, learning, communication, coaching and overall engagement by all in the cohort. I feel such a great sense of worldly connections to people not just across this country but from around the world as one member of our cohort is from India.”
—–KEITH M. SIMONS, CVDC, President, Inspiring Excellence, LLC (Former NFL player with the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals – (MN)
“This course (TRACK C) provided a phenomenal amount of practical knowledge regarding the mindset of the veteran, and ways to guide vets to setting and reaching goals in the civilian world, which can be quite a culture shock for them if not adequately prepared.
I currently work with clients with addiction issues, through our family court system, and more and more veterans are coming through the program. JMR, LPC, BCC
“The Hawk Eye training program was a valuable and stimulating experience. The opportunity to interact with such a wide range of other coaches in training was amazing.
Our class included coaches at various stages of their careers, from diverse backgrounds, including at least one international student. All of the discussions were lively and thought provoking. The course designer and instructor, Jessi LaCosta, is outstanding in her energy, experience and insight. She is masterful in guiding the class through the material, while at the same time allowing enough flexibility to ensure that everyone is heard and able to contribute. In addition, Ms. LaCosta gives each student highly individual attention to ensure that the course is meeting their needs. I would encourage anyone who works in coaching or with veterans to take this course. It is a great investment in terms of time, energy and resources.”
—-Mary Delmege, CVDC, Mediator (Escondido, CA)
“Jessi is a top-shelf coach and motivator.
Equally important is her passion to improve the lives of all people, and especially our veterans. As a former Marine, who has studied leadership many times over, I have found the Hawk Eye Coach Training Program to be ONE of the best coaching programs that I have undergone. I plan to keep at the ready all of the tools from this program in my tool-box”.
——Semper Fi, Cleve Arrington, CVDC, US Veteran (Washington, DC)
TRACK B – “I enjoyed the professionalism of the course facilitator… the timely response is great and the information valuable to assist veterans with direction to attain gainful employment. I would add, this course has given me insight on how to be busy with the “right things” when it comes to coaching/mentoring techniques.” Manny Gongora – Goodwill
“After an intense experience at the echelon of Veterans Coach Training, it is hard to stand back and not want to dive right back from where I have just come.
Forum discussions wrought with deep exchanges of thoughts, personal experiences and knowledge; study materials which just made us just want to delve further and further into the matter; assessments checking our learning from time to time; and vibrant webinars answering our deepest queries.
It never felt I am miles away from everyone else and I felt completely at home, everyone taking me under their wings and giving me a few of their own feathers to add to my own wings to fly. The passion to make a difference was fired further as we all felt we all had already made a difference to each other!
The entire course went smoothly with our teacher Jessi always patiently answering every query and always on our side to coach us to delve further so we give our best. I am proud to have taken this unique and one of a kind Veterans Coach Training Program.”
–Rupa Lahiri, CVDC, Life Coach (Pune, India)
“I recently transitioned out of a long and successful military career….Military personnel offer a wealth of expertise and talent, but sometimes this gets lost in translation with employers.
Using creative coaching techniques and exploration tools, Jessi [Hawk Eye Coaching] helped me recognize my greatest strengths and assets and illustrate them in a way that shows the value I can bring to any employer. Her assistance has been a godsend in my career search efforts.”
—– Dale R, St Louis, Missouri, US Air Force Veteran
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be coached.
After spending 10 years in the military, I left with no confidence in myself or my future in the civilian world. Coaching helped me define my strengths, skills and goals.. I figured out a college major, improved resume and LinkedIn profile, interview preparation, and chose a career field.”
—– Cheryl, Boston, MA, US Navy Veteran
“Hawk Eye Coach Training was a collaborative learning experience where everyone came together as teacher and student.
One of the encouraging aspects of Jessi’s’ teaching style, was how she embraced everyone’s input as added value in place of right versus wrong. As a result, this decreased my level of intimidation I felt with my lack of direct military experience. I would refer anyone interested in working with our military veterans, without reservation, to be a part of what Jessi has to offer. ”
—- Tricia Nabors, CVDC, Certified Life Coach (PA)
“The Hawk Eye program conducted by BlueRio Strategies is an outstanding coaching experience and training tool that I found to be comprehensive, imaginative and…
highly innovative using web technology without losing perspective on the intimacy necessary to learn these skills. Jessi is an exceptional instructor who can effectively identify with nearly any personality or background.
She has put together a wonderful program that should be mandatory for anyone dealing with people in a counseling or management position.”
—-Daniel J Fardella RRT/Ph.D CVDC, USAF Veteran (NY, NY)
This TOTALLY comprehensive program goes far above and beyond what one would expect to cover in a 20 CEU program. If you want to provide exceptional services to Veterans, this is definitely the best investment you will ever make! ….This program is definitely worth several times what I paid… and I feel very fortunate that I heard about it from CCE. —–Barbara J Kiernan Career Coach for UOP (Active Military and Veteran Students and Alumni) Track C Student
“The Hawk Eye training program enhanced and increased my knowledge base in areas of brain based learning and the impact of combat trauma on veterans so…
that I can best utilize my coaching abilities to help them achieve their goals professionally and personally as they transition and reintegrate into the civilian sector. I am a coach who is more equipped to provide assistance to our veterans who give so much for our freedom and protection as American citizens.
I highly recommend this program for anyone who desires to give back to those who give so much for our country.