The Onward to Opportunity Program for the Florida Military Communities

The Onward to Opportunity(O2O) Program for the Florida Military Communities offers an enhanced experience with both in-person and virtual/hybrid opportunities. It directly serves the Tri-Base Jacksonville Military Community as well as our satellite MacDill Military Community and virtually for Other Military Communities in the great State of Florida.

The Onward to Opportunity (O2O) program offers over 50 Information Technology certifications and our Business Management track offers Project Management, Six Sigma and HR certifications. The coursework is virtual and available 24/7. The courses are asynchronous, semi-self-paced and can be completed ahead of schedule.

Candidates begin their O2O journey with the face-to-face career development training course called Onward to Your Career (OTYC). This classroom training is facilitated by 50+ hiring managers, recruiters, and alumni volunteers. It includes career development modules such as Working in a Digital World, Navigating Growth & Change, Salary Negotiations, Organizational Culture and Personal Branding & Networking to name a few. We also include mock interview sessions with local employer partners and the week culminates in an Employer Spotlight Networking event! This four-day phenomenal career development in-person portion is followed by 6 months of online coursework (with milestones) and exam preparation to earn an industry certification.

NOTE: For those who are pursuing the PMP certification you will also be required to attend a 5-Day Virtual Bootcamp that corresponds to your cohort start date.

While you complete your certification coursework, you will also participate in local mixer/networking events with our national and community employer partners and veteran support organizations to hone your personal marketing techniques and skills. Networking is a great way to gain an inside perspective on careers in the private sector while introducing yourself to companies that are looking to hire O2O graduates.

Interested? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page and then be sure to fill out the no-obligation interested/registration form to get started!

Virtual Orientation Sessions (required)

Virtual Orientation sessions for the O2O Florida Program are held via the Zoom platform each week. Be sure to fill out the no-obligation interested/registration form to receive the link via email.  See the times and dates indicated below:

Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week at 1:00 p.m. EST.

As a participant in this program, you will leave with the following:

  • Industry-Specific Certification
  • Enhanced Peer & Professional Network
  • Career Coaching & Mentoring
  • Interviewing confidence
  • Motivated and in control of your journey

Upcoming Cohort Schedule

Jacksonville Military Community 2023 Cohort Schedule – these cohorts will be a hybrid model with local students in-classroom in-person and others virtual. The Onward to Your Career course (first week noted below).

  • Cohort 31 – January 31 – 03 Feb 2023     (PMP 5-day Bootcamp 20-24 Mar 2023)
  • Cohort 32 – June 20 – 23, 2023                 (PMP 5-day Bootcamp 17-21 Jul 2023)
  • Cohort 33 – October 3 – 6, 2023                (PMP 5-day Bootcamp 27 Nov -1 Dec 2023)

MacDill Military Community 2023 Cohort Schedule – these cohorts will be a hybrid model with local students in-classroom in-person and others virtual. The Onward to Your Career course (first week noted below)

  • Cohort 5 – April 11 – 14, 2023                   (PMP 5-day Bootcamp 15-19 May 2023)
  • Cohort 6 – August 15 – 18, 2023              (PMP 5-day Bootcamp 18-22 Sep 2023)
  • Cohort 7 – November 14 – 17, 2023        (PMP 5-day Bootcamp 27 Nov -1 Dec 2023)

All Other Florida Military Communities will be offered the hybrid model. Offering both virtual as well as in-person options to best fit your needs.

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Patricia Piazza

Florida Military Community Program Manager, O2O ppiazza@syr.edu
Emily Spencer

Emily Spencer

Florida Military Community Program Coordinator | O2O ekspence@syr.edu

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