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Fort Drum

The Onward to Opportunity Program at Fort Drum


Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a no-cost industry-focused and validated career skills program that connects transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses to high-demand careers in Information Technology and Business Management. The O2O Program at Fort Drum offers an enhanced experience with both in-person and virtual opportunities.

The program begins with 3-days of orientation which includes career coaching, employment support, and in-depth instruction by certification subject matter experts. Following orientation, participants complete requirements for the certification of their choosing as independent study towards a 6-month deadline. Certification training is virtual and self-paced to the 6-month deadline with the option to complete early. Upon completion of program requirements, Onward to Opportunity will fund one industry certification exam per participant. O2O is a one-time use program and upon completion, graduates are eligible to receive additional opportunities as Alumni.

Active duty transitioning service members who have completed their Capstone are eligible to participate through the Fort Drum Transition Assistance Program’s Career Skills Program (CSP). CSP approved service members receive the 3-days of orientation, as well as 8-weeks of duty exemption through remote reporting to complete program requirements.

Onward to Opportunity (O2O) at Fort Drum offers networking events and workshops throughout the year in coordination with our National Employer Partners and volunteers to offer certification mentorship and support career goals.

View the full list of certification offerings.

Interested? Please contact us below or get started here!

Program participants will leave with the following:

  • Industry Certification
  • Enhanced Professional Network
  • Enhanced Resume
  • Career Coaching
  • Interview Preparedness

Upcoming Cohort Schedule

  • Cohort 36 – March 12, 2024
  • Cohort 37 – May 7, 2024
  • Cohort 38 – July 9, 2024
  • Cohort 39 – September 10, 2024
  • Cohort 40 – November 12, 2024

Colleen Drum

Colleen Shuster

O2O Installation Manager
National Veterans Resource Center
101 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244
760.805.0890
fortdrumo2o@syr.edu