NATIONAL VETERANS OUTREACH DIRECTORY
VETERAN EDUCATION RESOURCES
We offer Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families education benefits like help paying tuition, help finding the right school or training program, and career counseling. Explore your benefit options.
TheBestSchools.org provides in-depth rankings of degree programs as well as of colleges and universities. We do this across many different schools and programs so that you can find the course of study that is right for you. At TheBestSchools.org, we are very deliberate in our rankings, balancing academic excellence, return on investment, and indirect or secondary benefits in evaluating schools or programs.
Links To Top Schools For Military Veterans with Yellow Ribbon Program
Vetlink- Service To School: VetLink is a partnership between Service to School (S2S) and select colleges and universities focused on identifying highly-qualified veteran applicants with an expressed interest in admitting them. Through VetLink, applicants are afforded an enhanced opportunity to showcase their military service and our university partners are introduced to more and more veteran applicants. S2S mentors work closely with VetLink applicants and guide them to make informed decisions.
FREE AND LOW COST CERTIFICATIONS
Alison.com www.alison.com (free or low cost certifications)
Syracuse University Veterans Career Transition Program- (HR, IT, Project Mgmt) http://vets.syr.edu/employment/vctp-certification-paths/ -Syracuse University Veterans on-line program offers one free course for veterans. The Project Management Certification is probably the most valuable for veterans
FEMA Independent Study –http://www.training.fema.gov/is/ (free certifications)- FEMA offers free independent study certifications that mirror military experience. There is even a FEMA Professional Certification
Marine Corps COOL and Navy COOL –Marines and Sailors can visit http://www.cool.navy.mil/usmc to select an MOS and see commonly associated civilian skill sets and related certifications, such as a commercial driver’s license, a welding or a financial management certification. There are more than 900 certifications available for active duty military personnel.
Coursera.org (free or low cost college courses and certifications)
Onward to Opportunities: www.onward2opportunity.com (IT, Project Management, HR)
MCCS Skills Development (skills training that starts up to 6 months prior to EAS)
“Academy of Certified Project Managers” www.certifiedprojectmanager.us/military.html
OSHA SAFETY CREDENTIALS
An OSHA 30 Hour Safety Card are a very good way to transfer military safety experience into a Safety Manager or Safety Technician position when combined with military experience. OSHA 30 Hour Safety Cards are for managers and supervisors and many jobs require them. OSHA Cards do not expire and they are good in all 50 states.
OSHA-Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers are listed below:
OSHA 30 Hour Safety Course, on-line University of South Florida OTI ($179) http://www.usfosha.com/osha-30-hour-online-training.aspx
UCSD OSHA Outreach Trainer Credentials: OSHA 510/500 for Construction or OSHA 511/501 for General Industry
University California San Diego http://osha.ucsd.edu/
Cal State Dominguez Hills http://www.csudh.edu/OSHA/ (has weekend classes)
Free CALOSHA Training: www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/training.htm
LEAN SIX SIGMA GREEN BELT
The military offers a LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt. (See Your Career Planner) A LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt is enough knowledge to understand the concepts of continuous improvement for an interview. Since most large companies use some form of LEAN or Six Sigma the Green Belt is important for HR to see on a resume improving your chance of a higher paying job. LEAN and Six Sigma are two different continuous improvement systems that are designed for different things.
The World War II version of LEAN was used by the United States War Department to train almost 2 million armaments plan supervisors in Job Instruction, Job Relations and Improving Job Methods to minimizing waste on assembly lines. During World War II Six Sigma was known as Army War Standards and it focused on minimizing variation in machine production using Statistical Process Control. During the American Occupation of Japan the American Military taught these Continuous Improvement Methods to Japanese Industry. LEAN tools are analogous to military methods that all veterans are familiar with and improvements can be made immediately. Six Sigma takes months to collect the data and deploy a solution so it only works with long run production. You can learn more about LEAN and how to apply it in the PDF available for sale.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Oceanside, CA
Business Career Transitioning Seminar (E6 and Above) at Pacific Views on Camp Pendleton quarterly.
RECOMMENDED READING FOR MILITARY TO CIVILIAN TRANSITION PREPARATION
- What Color is Your Parachute- R. Bolles
- 48 Days to The Work You Love- D. Miller
- Start; Punch Fear in the Face- J. Acuff
- Knock em’ Dead- M. Yate
- LEAN Made EZ- R.Levy JD
- Military To Civilian Transition Manual- R.Levy JD
- Veterans Crisis Line- 1.800.273.8255 and Press 1
- Military Crisis Line-1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- National Call Center for Homeless Veterans-1.877.4AID.VET (424.3838)
- VA Caregiver Support Line-1.855.260.3274