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 and active-duty military spouses to high-demand careers in Customer Service Excellence, Information Technology, and Business Management. The O2O Program at Fort Drum offers an enhanced experience with in-person and virtual opportunities. Candidates begin O2O by completing an introductory professional development course, Onward to Your Career!, then move on to complete the courses in their selected learning pathways.

The six-month program begins with the introductory professional development course, Onward to Your Career!, followed by a foundation course in a learning pathway of your choosing (approximately two and a half days of training). Next, candidates begin their individual learning pathway. The first 3 months are designed for learning pathway coursework completion and the later 3 months are allocated for test preparation. The courses are individually paced and can be completed ahead of schedule. Service members, with Battalion Commander Authority through the Fort Drum Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program’s Career Skills Program (CSP), will complete their learning pathway (online training) in 8 weeks following Onward to Your Career! The 8 week schedule will be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday duty report to O2O in a classroom setting during the service member’s duty day (cohort schedule and CSP application to be provided during O2O orientation). Veterans and spouses have the original program completion timelines for their learning pathway.

While candidates complete their coursework, they will also participate in mixer/networking events with our National Employer Partners to hone personal marketing techniques and skills. O2O candidates work one-on-one with a HHUSA Veteran Transition Specialist (VTS) to complete their resume, prepare for and secure job interviews

Interested? Please contact us below or get started here!

Disclaimer: Some installations do not offer all possible coursework. Please contact the installation team to learn of any restrictions.

Program participants will leave with the following:

  • Enhanced resume
  • Industry-specific certification
  • Enhanced Professional Network
  • Career Coaching
  • Interview Matching

Upcoming Cohort Schedule

  • Cohort 16 – July 13, 2020
  • Cohort 17 – October 5, 2020
  • Cohort 18 – January 19, 2021
  • Cohort 19 – April 5, 2021

Joanna Habermann

Joanna Habermann

O2O Program Manager
Bldg 10720, Room B2-6, Mount Belvedere Blvd.
Fort Drum, NY 13602

Colleen Shuster

Colleen Shuster

O2O Program Coordinator
National Veterans Resource Center
101 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244

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