PT Development’s Junior Associate Bridge Program Helps Former UofL Student-Athlete Land Job

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PT Development, a private equity company that offers management services to privately held physical therapy clinics, develops program to help graduating college seniors jump-start their career.

While the national unemployment rate has recently leveled off, entry-level positions for college graduates continue to remain scarce due to increased competition and the Achilles’ heel of many recent grads; the lack of real world experience. In an effort to help students learn practical work experience and stay out of the unemployment line, Louisville-based PT Development created the Junior Associate Bridge Program (JABP). While traditional internship programs typically recruit students at the sophomore and junior level, the JABP targets talented, soon-to-be and recent grads ready to enter the job market. PT Development recognized the need for a progressive program that will assist young adults in bridging the gap between theoretical education in the classroom and the practical ability of the professional world.

According to PT Development, CEO Larry Benz the program gives students the opportunity to sharpen their professional skills, learn professional conduct, assume the responsibility for managing and activating programs, and understand the importance of adhering to tight deadlines. “Not only is it difficult for graduates fresh out of college to find a job, many new alumni have little to no idea how to start their career,” states Benz. “The bridge program is a terrific platform for graduates to spend time in each of our departments to discover their interests, develop their strengths, and learn from senior staff members.”

A recent University of Louisville graduate, Greg Tomczyk is the first Junior Associate to complete PT Development’s program. Greg was a member of the University of Louisville Football team and found out about the JABP through the team’s career preparedness program. “The University of Louisville Football Program is always looking for opportunities to place our student-athletes in jobs and internships,” states Rocco Gasparro, University of Louisville Assistant Sports Information Director. “We view our partnership with local companies, such as PTD, an important step to help athletes make the sometimes difficult transition from the classroom to the real world.”

Tomczyk stated that the PT Development JABP program played an essential role in helping him find a full-time position. “As a recent graduate, the program gave me the experience, knowledge and confidence I needed to compete in a difficult job market,” says Tomczyk. “The real world experience and valuable skills I learned at PT Development were instrumental in helping me begin my career.”

About PT Development:
PT Development (PTD), founded by Larry Benz, PT, DPT, is a Louisville, Kentucky-based private equity company focused on adding value to healthcare organizations by cultivating quality, customer service, advocacy leadership and innovation. Benz’s entrepreneurial success began when he founded the Louisville-based Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT). In 2007, Benz sold his interest in KORT and focused his efforts on PTD’s startups such as TexPTS, Indiana-based ProRehab, Evidence In Motion (EIM), and several others. PTD offers the following management services: evidence-based practice, patient loyalty, regulatory assurance, marketing and branding, clinic operations, hiring and retention, strategy, accounting and finance, and customer service. For more information about PTD, please visit

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