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VCTP – Veterans Career Transition Program

“The credential gave me the boost I need to compliment my experiences with relevant education. Completing VCTP added more value to my resume than my 4-year degree. VCTP is exactly what veterans need to catapult their civilian careers.” - VCTP Graduate


What is VCTP?

  • Supported by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the VCTP utilizes an online learning platform to help active duty, selected reserve, veterans and military spouses learn business, technology, and career skills to accomplish their personal and professional goals. Individuals may choose to work towards one of our supported industry certifications administered by globally recognized organizations
  • No-cost opportunity that does not utilize educational benefits
  • Online coursework, accessible from any location with reliable access to high speed internet – no travel required
  • Assistance preparing for recognized industry certification exams
  • Courses begin monthly

ApplyVCTP Courses System Requirements Pre-Application Checklist FAQs


Active Duty Military – Any transitioning active duty service member who will transition from military service to the civilian workforce in the next 6 months with an “honorable” discharge status.

Veterans – Any post-9/11 veteran who has already separated or retired from the military with a “honorable” discharge status.

Selected Reserve – Any member of the Selected Reserve (i.e. National Guard / Reserves) with at least 180 days in service

Spouses – Spouses of eligible veterans, as well as spouses of all active duty service members and Selected Reserve members, are eligible to apply to the program.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Access to program courses for up to one full year.
  • The VCTP will fund one certification exam fee provided an individual completes the required coursework, practice exam requirements, and, if applicable, meets the certifying agency’s eligibility requirements.
  • Each participant is assigned an advisor to assist them as they navigate through the program.
  • Connections to comprehensive career coaching leading to interviews with industry leaders committed to hiring veterans and military spouses.
  • Select VCTP courses assist with skills to effectively prepare for and execute job searches, including company research, and résumé and cover letter writing
  • Participants receive non-credit certificates of completion from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University upon completion.

VCTP Impact

50% of graduates feel their employment situation was improved by their participation in VCTP*

*(self-reported survey results as of 9/3/16)

More than 5,700 Veterans and Military Spouses have graduated from VCTP

550 New Industry Certifications achieved by program graduates

What Our Grads Have to Say About VCTP

Ashleigh Titre

VCTP graduate

“I was looking for ways to get into the technology field and better my life overall, but the cost and time investment of doing so was out of my reach. I connected with someone on LinkedIn who introduced me to Syracuse University’s Veterans Career Transition Program. Fast forward four months, I landed an internship at Stanford Health Care. With the training through VCTP and testing for my A+ certification, I got the call that I was being offered a job by Stanford. With this position in Stanford healthcare’s IT department a new door has been opened up for me.”

James Turk

VCTP graduate

“VCTP has been instrumental in my transition from the military and my pursuit of a civilian career. The longer you serve in the military, the harder it is to transition because your civilian counterparts have been gaining valuable experience in their technical field. VCTP does a great job bridging this gap through interactive coursework in relevant subject areas and assistance from Syracuse University advisors along the way.”

Jeremy Stewart

VCTP graduate

“I began with the Project Management course and obtained my PMP four months later. Within two months of obtaining my certification I got a new job as a Senior IT Project Manager—a nice bump in responsibility and salary. I would not have been qualified for the position without my certification and the VCTP course was essential in helping me prepare for the exam. I used no other prep material and had no problem on the exam. I have since taken the Security+ course and exam with the same level of success. I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate and the new avenues it has opened up for me professionally.”