Onward to Opportunity
“Military spouses are the unsung heroes of our armed forces. With frequent moves and families to care for while their partners are deployed, military spouses face steep challenges when trying to land a meaningful job. As the child of a military family myself, I know firsthand these challenges. We created these tools and resources to honor the many military spouses who have done so much to serve our country.”
--Jacquelline Fuller, President of Google.org
Military spouses know how difficult it can be to find meaningful employment. That’s why Google.org and Onward to Opportunity are working to strengthen the remote sector. If you’re a military spouse that’s interested you can apply now and start your journey to gaining employment no matter where the military moves you next.
About Onward to Opportunity
Onward to Opportunity, formerly known as the Veterans Career Transition Program, is a free, comprehensive career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to transitioning service members, members of the selected reserves, veterans, and military spouses. O2O partners with private sector companies committed to training and hiring military talent and their spouses earlier in the transition process. If you are not located near one of our on-base installations, we offer distance-learning opportunities through the online-only portion of the program.
HOW IT WORKS
All individuals interested in O2O complete a personal assessment to identify a training plan based on their existing military and non-military experience, civilian career interests, and post-military goals.
Training and Certification
O2O offers classroom and web-based training to accommodate all types of learners. O2O currently offers over twenty courses for Customer Service Excellence, Information Technology, and Business Management.
Career Search and Placement
O2O empowers service members and their families with the knowledge, skills, and coaching needed to excel in their chosen career path while preparing them for specific job opportunities with employer partners. Currently, O2O has over 850 military-friendly employer partners that are seeking to recruit from O2O graduates.
Onward to Opportunity is currently available at the following locations
Jacksonville, North Carolina
San Diego, California
Emerald Coast Region, Florida
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
El Paso, TX
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Fort Carson, Colorado
Watertown, New York
Fort Knox, Kentucky
Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina
Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
Fort Lewis, Washington
Hawai'i Pacific Region
Joint Base San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
National Capital Region
National Capital Region
Navy Region Northwest
Northwestern United States
Pittsburgh, PA Region
San Diego Area, California
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What Our Grads Have to Say About O2O
Dakota Haines, Military Spouse
Current Occupation: Industrial Engineer, Boeing
“For military spouses like me, having the certifications that Onward to Opportunity helps you earn will give you a leg up on your competition in each new city you move to… the program really gave my resume the boost it needed by adding an additional certification, allowing me to be seen over the other candidates.
Hank Allen, Commander, U.S. Navy
Current Occupation: Engineering Manager, Hunington Ingalls
“I figured I was going to be working in project management, and I knew this was a path to get a certification, knowing it was free…I’d certainly recommend O2O for the networking opportunities. It really opens up a lot of doors.”
Zekenyia Simmons, Chief Warrant Officer 2, U.S. Army
Current Occupation: Geospatial Intelligence Instructor, BAE Systems
“I’d given 19 years directly focused on the military. I wanted to make sure during the transition that I took some of that focus and put it on myself… I’m a big advocate for Onward to Opportunity. It’s been great for me, and I’ve seen it work not just for me– I’ve seen the people to the left of me and to the right of me in my cohort getting jobs.”