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April 5, 2016

Onward to Opportunity (O2O) Program Kicks Off at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)

Onward to Opportunity (O2O) Program Kicks Off at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)

Career preparation program connects transitioning servicemembers and
their families to the nation’s leading military-friendly employers.

O2O JBSA Cohort 1 Group Photo

Yesterday, Monday, April 4, 2016, twenty-three servicemembers and military family members from Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) began their Onward to Opportunity (O2O) journeys – a no-cost career skills program (no use of GI Bill Benefits) offering in-demand, industry-validated training and credentials.  O2O is a multi-phased process designed to help participants select the best training pathway, provide tailored training, and prepare our nation’s servicemembers and their families for the process of successfully securing employment with one of our nation’s top military-friendly employers.

Offered on U.S. military installations across the country, O2O provides in-person and online training to the next generation of leaders of America’s economy.  The program partners with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies to identify employers committed to training and hiring veterans and military spouses. These employer partners are engaged throughout each phase of O2O delivery by assisting in curriculum design, interacting with participants as they progress through the program and identifying specific career paths and interview opportunities within their company that align with the skillsets of our graduates.

Onward to Opportunity brings together the longstanding curriculum development and program delivery expertise of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF); the breadth of knowledge, reach, and specialty in business and state engagement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative; the honed personal touch of servicemember coaching and mentoring of Hire Heroes USA; and the philanthropic resources of the Schultz Family Foundation (SFF).

In the next five years, over one million military members and their families will transition to civilian life. For many, finding employment will be the most challenging part of their transition.

“The Onward to Opportunity program has the potential to fundamentally shift how the private sector engages and supports our servicemembers and their families as they navigate the transition to civilian employment,” says Dr. J. Michael Haynie, Executive Director and Founder of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and Vice Chancellor at Syracuse University. “O2O’s ‘pipeline’ approach to workforce skills training, now being offered at Joint Base San Antonio, allows transitioning service members to receive training aligned with present and future demand in the labor market, supporting a ‘job-ready’ transition from military service to the civilian world of work.”

Onward to Opportunity is a Solider for Life (SFL) program being offered at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) to members of all services and their families.  For more information, visit

www.onward2opportunity.com.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University

Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications, IVMF
Mobile: (315) 558-9483, Email: wwesterv@syr.edu

 

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About Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a no-cost career skills program (no use of GI Bill Benefits) offering in-demand, industry-validated training and credentials to transitioning servicemembers and all active-duty spouses. Offered on U.S. military installations across the country, O2O provides in-person and online training to the next generation of leaders of America’s economy.

Onward to Opportunity partners with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies to identify employers committed to training and hiring veterans and military spouses. These employer partners are engaged throughout each phase of O2O delivery by assisting in curriculum design, interacting with participants as they progress through the program and identifying specific career paths and interview opportunities within their company that align with the skillsets of our graduates.

 

About the Schultz Family Foundation

Announced this spring in conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Ashton Carter, Onward to Opportunity is the latest initiative of the foundation co-founded by Starbucks chairman and chief executive officer Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz. The Schultz Family Foundation, established in 1996 by Howard and Sheri Schultz, creates pathways of opportunity for populations facing barriers to success. The Foundation invests in innovative solutions and partnerships that unlock people’s potential, and strengthen our businesses, our communities, and our nation. In March 2014, the Schultz Family Foundation launched Onward Veterans, a national initiative that empowers post-9/11and their families to successfully transition to civilian life. For more information about the Foundation and its work: schultzfamilyfoundation.org

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Read more at http://vets.syr.edu/.

 

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nice program. will it be continued this year?

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Military Spouse

I’ve heard this is self paced. Is there a time limit to complete a program?

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is there time to complete this program

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