Transition Support and Services

Transition Support and Services

This page contains a description of numerous organizations that offer diverse opportunities for those seeking information on career opportunities.  Whether you want to return to school, become a mentor, a teacher, a farmer, an entrepreneur, or seek employment in the private sector, you will find a wide array of opportunities.  AFA and AFSA are constantly looking for organizations that focus on helping veterans. 



Be a Mentor!

The Air Force Association (AFA) and the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) have established a new partnership that allows us to offer mentoring services to total Air Force members, AF spouses, AFA members, AFSA members and AF veterans to assist them in the civilian job search and transition process. This partnership is with the eMentor Program, and award-winning web-based program that connects transitioning military members, veterans and spouses with volunteer mentors for goal-oriented relationships. Designed to bridge the gap between employers and job seekers, the eMentor Program offers support, trusted networking, guidance and opportunity. 

AFA is currently recruiting mentors from its chapters all around the country.Participating mentors provide guidance and support in career transition, career advancement, work/life balance, and other veteran or family related challenges. Many veterans find themselves overwhelmed by the transition to civilian careers due to limited professional networks, lack of direct experience in particular jobs or industries, and strong cultural differences.

Mentor open enrollment will last through February 15, 2016. To sign up to mentor active duty Air Force member or veteran, click here. To sign up to mentor a military Spouse click here. When signing up to be a mentor, please be sure to select AFA as you organization affiliation. 
 
Having a mentor who can provide insights into civilian careers and corporate hiring practices removes some of the anxiety of navigating a new career path in the corporate world.  Mentors help protégés overcome fears and dream big-- sign up to be a mentor today!








U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment &Training Service (VETS)

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYING VETERANS


American Job Centers (AJCs)
The Department of Labor (DOL) sponsors American Job Centers (AJCs), located in 2,500 locations throughout the United States, with at least one AJC in every state.  Formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers, AJCs provide training, employment services, and job search assistance to job seekers and to employers. The services offered by these centers vary, but include benefits that all employers may access and receive free of charge. Many AJCs have specialized local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) who work solely with veteran populations and can provide veteran applicant referrals. Find your local AJC/Career One-Stop Center at www.servicelocator.org/onestopcenters.asp
Local Veterans' Employment Representatives:  Local Veterans' Employment Representatives conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment.  LVERs conduct seminars for employers and job search workshops for veterans who are seeking employment, and facilitate priority of service regarding employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans by staff within the employment service delivery system.
Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists:  Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans and veterans with other barriers to employment.

CareerOneStop “Business Center”
The CareerOneStop Business Center, located at www.careeronestop.org/businesscenter/index.aspx is an electronic tool available on DOL’s CareerOneStop web site.  The tool is designed to give businesses access to the resources they need to recruit, train, and retain a skilled workforce - from hiring and interviewing skills, to tips on where and how to recruit qualified candidates, to locating American Job Centers.  Some key features of the Business Center include:
•    Easy-to-download reports about employment projections and concentrations, wages, and unemployment rates for specific areas
•    Access to local training and educational institutions
•    Listings of top industries by employment - by state, metro area, and county
•    A tool for finding military occupations related to specific civilian occupations
•    Certifications for a particular position
•    Assistance with writing job descriptions
 
Additional Helpful Links for Employers and Veterans
•    Employers can post online jobs (if applicable) at no-cost with the National Labor Exchange (NLX) at: www.us.jobs
•    Employers can post currently offline jobs to the NLX at no-cost through your state job bank at: www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/COS_jobsites.aspx
•    Americas’ Heroes at Work includes a step-by-step toolkit for employers interested in developing or enhancing their veterans hiring initiative.  www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit
•    The Veterans “Employment Center” has tools and resources for employers and veterans to connect: www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/employers which helps service members and veterans with their transition to civilian employment
www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs
•    In My Next Move for Veterans, veterans can enter their prior military experience and link to information they need to explore information on civilian careers and related training.www.mynextmove.org/vets/
•    The Veterans Re-Employment Portal is designed to assist veterans with employment, training, career planning, and financial issues after military service. http://maps.servicelocator.org/military/onestopsearch.aspx

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshop
TAP was established to help meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life, by offering job-search assistance and related services.  TAP helps service members and their spouses to make the initial transition from military service to the civilian workplace with less difficulty and less overall cost to the government.  TAP includes a comprehensive three-day DOL Employment Workshop given at military installations nationwide.  Professionally-trained workshop facilitators present information associated with job searches, career decision-making, current occupational and labor market conditions, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques.  Information on the DOL TAP Employment Workshop including the participant manual can be accessed at: www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap or at: http://go.usa.gov/kb5J.

National Labor Exchange

The NLX is a partnership between the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and DirectEmployers Association, which is hosted on the www.us.jobs internet domain.  The NLX is used by 110,000 employers with an average of 1 million daily job listings. The NLX is a popular tool for employers – it provides the easiest way to list jobs and simultaneously comply with DOL’s regulations for veteran affirmative-action hiring. Since March 2007, the NLX has listed 20 million unduplicated, available, and vetted jobs – 15 million jobs listed by DirectEmployers members and non-members; 5 million jobs listed by state job banks.  NLX job listings are free for any employer; DirectEmployers members get additional benefits.  The NLX powers multiple DOL-funded career advice and job search tools. The NLX works by collecting and distributing jobs from corporate websites, state job banks, and USAJOBS.




In addition:
•    The NLX reviews all employer and state requests to list jobs to eliminate listing duplication.
•    The NLX (www.us.jobs) is optimized for all mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, etc.).
•    The NLX provides multiple free services to all 50 states and U.S. territories, including:
      o    Downloads and uploads of all jobs;
      o    Job bank hosting;
      o    Jobseeker traffic analytics;
      o    State-specific jobs microsites (e.g. www.workintexas.com; www.newyork.jobs).
•    All jobs listed in the NLX are coded with Occupational Information Network (O*Net) data.

For additional information, you may contact the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at (202) 693-2700(202) 693-2700, or visit:  http://www.doleta.gov/

You may also contact the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) at (202) 693-4700(202) 693-4700, or visit: http://www.dol.gov/vets/







Colorado Technical University

Colorado Technical University has a long-standing reputation for helping military members, veterans, and their families achieve their academic and professional goals. It began in 1965 when we opened our first campus in Colorado Springs to support the goals of students from five nearby military bases. Since then, we’ve expanded to deliver flexible online education suited to your dynamic military career.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,
(230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org), CTU offers more than 100 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs across business and management, security studies and homeland security, health care, IT, engineering and computer science, and project management. Notably, we are one of 10 universities in the U.S. to offer a Master of Science in Homeland Security and were named a top 10 online MBA program in 2012. CTU is also proud to provide 25 wounded service members’ spouses and 25 wounded service members with full scholarships to CTU each year.

CTU makes it possible for those serving in the Armed Forces and their families to earn a quality university degree anywhere, anytime. You can have access to an interactive learning community through online programs and courses, or attend a conveniently located campus in Colorado Springs or Denver. Our military-centric approach has led G.I. Jobs magazine to name us a military friendly school from 2010 to 2014 and Military Advanced Education to recognize us as one of the top universities serving the educational needs of the armed forces from 2008 to 2014.

Military tuition rates available for military members, veterans and their families. Call 866-396-1726866-396-1726 or visit coloradotech.edu/military to learn more.

CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations, and other disclosures at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. Not all programs available to residents of all states. CTU's online MBA program was ranked as a 2012 top 10 online MBA program by CEO Magazine, a publication of the International Graduate Forum. 4435 North Chestnut Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

New Hybrid Aviation Maintenance Program for Transitioning Military

Spartan is now offering the first ever FAA approved aviation maintenance program delivered partially online.  The program was designed to enable military to get a head start on their civilian career before exiting.

Program Feature and Benefits:

  • Active Duty take the distance learning portion of the program provided on a fully loaded Surface tablet.
  • Technology allows the student to continue to progress in program even if internet connectivity is inconsistent or absent for up to 3 weeks at a time enabling. This enables those deployed- even at sea- to participate in the program.
  • Technology includes interactive 3-D imagery to make the learning process more engaging and impactful.
  • More than 50% reduction in time required on ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the hands-on portion of the training.
  • Spartan accepts all forms of military benefits, is a member of the Service Member Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program

Upon completion of the full program, Aviation Maintenance Technology graduates are prepared for the Airframe and Power plant Certification Exam by the FAA. A variety of industries hire A&P Certified Technicians beyond aviation, such as automotive and diesel repair, aerospace, manufacturing and wind energy.

Full details on the program can be found by clicking here

Spartan College Background:
In it's 87-year- history, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has trained more than 90,000 technicians and pilots, including military, customized and traditional education programs. With the long history of innovation through education, Spartan remains committed to providing programs that meet the demands of the industries it serves.

There will be unprecedented demand for new technicians according to Boeing's 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook Forecast. IN the next 20 years, the world will require over 600,000 technicians.

Spartan is beginning enrollment in the program and the first class of students will begin the Aviation Maintenance Technology course on January 11, 2016. To learn more about Spartan College for to www.spartan.edu.





Veterans Entrepreneurship Program –
The Veterans With Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and also by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities. Like a military boot camp, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of OSU’s comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum, the program consists of a series of training modules designed to assist you in creating and growing businesses that can be profitable. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will work with you, providing a fun, interactive, and informative experience. They will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to your current or potential business. The VEP program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans accepted into the program. We cover the cost of transport to Stillwater, the on-line and live courses, instructors, books, materials, all food costs, and outings that are part of the program.

Due to an overwhelming number of applications and national support for VEP, OSU VEP is proud to announce two consortium sites. VEP will now also be offered at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and University of Florida. Please visit their websites for more information about their program and schedule for their VEP classes.

VEP Phase I: Concept Development and Self Study
Dec. 8, 2014 – Jan. 24, 2015
VEP Phase II: VEP Boot camp
Feb. 7, 2015 – Feb. 15, 2015
VEP Phase III: Mentoring and Venture Development
March 2015 – December 2015

Masters of Entrepreneurship (MSE)
The Oklahoma State University Master’s in Entrepreneurship (MSE) program prepares students to launch businesses upon graduation.  Most online students finish is 1 ½ years.  We’ve received very good feedback from students regarding the strength of the curriculum, the interactions that they’ve have with their professors, and the manner in which the program has acquainted them with the business startup process.    Core content is coupled with a strong commitment to experiential learning. The program is a component of the university-wide entrepreneurship emphasis at Oklahoma State University. It is targeted to students with a passion for entrepreneurship in for-profit, non-profit, and public sector contexts. It consists of 33 credit hours of coursework and practicum hours and can be completed in approximately 1 ½ years (three academic semesters). 

 


CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU LAUNCHES FINANCIAL COACHING INITIATIVE
Program Targets Transitioning Veterans and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is launching its Financial Coaching Initiative, targeting recently-transitioned veterans and economically vulnerable consumers to help them with their financial goals. The program places 60 certified financial coaches at organizations around the country to provide individualized educational services. 

"Having a trusted, well-informed financial coach can increase your odds of financial success,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Our project aims to provide financial coaching services at critical points in consumers’ lives, especially as they transition from military service or from being unemployed.” 

Millions of consumers are economically vulnerable, including the 49.1 million people living below the poverty line, and the more than 68 million who are financially underserved. These consumers are the most likely to lack access to traditional financial services, which may include products that are more appropriate to their needs and less costly. In-person, individualized and trustworthy guidance can help these consumers make good financial decisions and reach their financial goals. 

Roughly 250,000 servicemembers leave active duty every year, and the financial transition into civilian life can be challenging. The Department of Defense offers a Transition Assistance Program (TAP), but many transitioning servicemembers lack experience in money management, and find after they leave the service that they may need help in reworking the financial plan they made while in TAP. At this point a trusted source of financial information and advice could make the difference in a successful transition to a financially stable post-military life. 

The CFPB Financial Coaching Initiative helps both veterans who have recently transitioned from active-duty status as well as economically vulnerable consumers seeking other services from social services and other providers. The coaches hired for the program have experience working with the populations they will serve, are trained in financial coaching techniques, and will be accredited by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. 

Sixty diverse partner organizations from around the country have been selected to host the professional financial coaches. The hosts were selected by the CFPB, in partnership with the Department of Labor, after a nationwide search. The sites include various nonprofits, as well as Department of Labor American Job Centers. They provide resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and gain skills in growing industries. All of the nonprofit organizations selected to host financial coaches for economically vulnerable consumers also provide services that complement financial coaching, such as job training and education, social, and housing services. 

The CFPB is the nation’s first federal agency whose sole focus is protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. Using its multiple authorities, including regulation, supervision, enforcement, market research, financial education, and the authority to deal directly with consumer complaints, the CFPB is working to restore trust in consumer financial products and services. 

When the CFPB takes enforcement action against a company or person for violating the law, it may impose a civil penalty. That money goes into the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund, which is used to compensate victims harmed by those illegal practices. If the CFPB cannot locate victims or it is otherwise not practicable to pay them, it may use the money on consumer education and financial literacy programs. The Financial Coaching Initiative is the first program paid for by the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund. Over three years, it’s estimated that tens of thousands of consumers will be served. 

More information is at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/the-launch-of-the-cfpb-financial-coaching-initiative/