Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP)



             Transitioning from the military to careers in civilian business/industry, government and other careers often presents two challenges:

· How to translate education, experience, skills and training from a military to civilian environment to be a competitive candidate for recruitment and hiring?

· How to develop the soft skills necessary to succeed in a civilian corporate or government environment, particularly in business sectors not closely connected to the military?


The Veterans Career Transition Program, operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, is delivered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans, their spouses, and spouses of active duty military. Paid for in entirety by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co, VCTP offers solutions to the above challenges, as well as connections to specific education and training programs, business/industry coalitions focused on veteran employment and information about national and state-level opportunities and benefits for veterans and their families. The Professional Skills Track and the Tech Track are offered through an advisor-led group admitted quarterly, and the Independent Study Track is available for start at any time. Each track is described below.

Through online courses—accessible from any location, at any time–participants have the opportunity to gain an understanding and insight into the corporate culture of civilian business/industry, government and other civilian sector employment opportunities.


Veterans: You must be a post-9/11 veteran who has already separated or retired from the military, OR who will transition from military service to the civilian workforce in the next 18 months. Service members must have served at least one day on active duty after 9/11/01. This includes Guard and Reserve members who have civilian sector employment, or will be transitioning into the civilian sector within 18 months.

Spouses: Spouses of eligible veterans, as well as spouses of all active duty service members military are eligible to apply to the program.

You may be employed and seeking career advancement or change, underemployed (working in a field other than your qualifications would prepare you for, or working for lower salary or fewer hours than you would like) or unemployed. VCTP requires an application (which reviews your preparedness and likelihood of success in the program) as well as your career goals and fit with the program’s offerings.


The program is offered at no-cost to eligible veterans, service members and spouses. Costs are currently underwritten by JPMC as part of their extensive collaboration with Syracuse University and as founding partner of the IVMF. Certification exam preparation and exams may be paid for by the program based on progress in the courses, and in the case of exams, results on preparation exams.

[Professional Skills Track]

VCTPProfessionalSkillsThe Professional Skills Track gives you skills to effectively prepare for and execute job searches, including company research, and résumé and cover letter writing. Participants become official SU students and receive non-credit certificates upon completion. This track also offers a foundation to advanced level courses in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You will be assigned an academic advisor to assist you as you progress through the program.

· Access courses for up to one full year

· Academic advisors available


[Tech Track]

VCTPTechTrackInterested in launching a career in information technology but not sure where to start? The Tech Track is focused on preparing transitioning service members and spouses for their next careers in operations or IT. Participants become official SU students and receive non-credit certificates upon completion. Where applicable, the program will pay the graduate’s associated exam fees for industry certification.

· Access courses for up to one full year

· Academic advisors available

· Classes begin quarterly


[Independent Study Track]

VCTPIndependentStudyThe Independent Study Track is intended for veterans and spouses who are currently employed and need to achieve industry certifications in order to advance or maintain their current employment. In the Independent Study Track, you will have six months of access to a variety of classes and a bank of 25 courses to design your own program. Veterans and their spouses can enroll through an individual admissions process at any time to gain access to our large library of online coursework covering all subject matters, such as professional and personal development, leadership, information technology, accounting and finance. Through the Independent Study Track, you can pick and choose individual online classes in areas that interest you and support your individual career development needs. IT and operations courses are available. For participants who complete the entire learning paths associated with select industry certification exams, the program will pay associated exam fees for industry certification.

· For individual learners – participants will not have an advisor

· Participants must be employed and submit a letter of reference from their employer acknowledging their participation in this program

· Start classes immediately

· Industry certification available

· Program does not result in an SU certificate

Through the Independent Study Track, you have three different options of how you proceed through the program:

· Pre-defined learning paths surrounding a specific skill-set

· Pre-defined certificate paths, which can lead to industry certification

· Pick and choose individual online classes in areas that interest you and support your individual career development needs


For free, confidential assistance for veterans contact: