Onward to Opportunity
Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.
What is Onward to Opportunity (O2O)?
Supported by grants from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Schultz Family Foundation, Onward to Opportunity – formerly known as the Veterans Career Transition Program – utilizes an online learning platform to help active duty, selected reserve, veterans, and military spouses learn business, technology, and other relevant skills to accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Participants may choose to work towards one of our supported industry certifications administered by globally recognized organizations. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships, comprehensive career coaching and employer relations services to match program participants with job opportunities or professional development – leading to meaningful career opportunities.
The program started as Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) in 2011. In 2015, Onward to Opportunity launched at two installations. We aligned the two programs in spring 2017 under the O2O-VCTP umbrella. The program is now further streamlined and has a single name, Onward to Opportunity (O2O). Learn more about O2O here.
Who is eligible for O2O?
Due to the grant-supported funding involved to plan for successful program completion, each eligible candidate can participate ONLY ONCE in the program. When admitted to the program, plan to commit time to complete the coursework within 90 days of program start (your program advisor will outline the expectations at the start of the program).
Active Duty Military – Any transitioning active duty service member who will transition from military service in the next 6 months with an honorable discharge status.
Veterans – Any veteran who has separated or retired from the military with at least 180 days of service and an honorable discharge.
National Guard / Reservists – A member of the National Guard and Reserve that is currently in a part-time status. If the service member is on active duty status in the National Guard or Reserve, they are subject to the active duty eligibility. At least 180 days of active duty is required for eligibility.
Spouses –Spouses of any active duty military service member, eligible veteran and member of the National Guard or Reserve currently serving.
How can I apply to O2O?
Complete the interest form to begin the application process. Please be sure to select the specific program location closest to you. For those not located near one of our program installations, we do acknowledge your interest to participate in the online-only model of the program; please select “Not located near any of the above listed installations” on the interest form (last question on the short interest form).
Enter your unique non-military email address when completing the interest form. (Do not use a shared email address.)
Your first course must be completed within a maximum of 90 days of your cohort start date (program advisor will provide the timelines related to your specific course). Stay engaged with your advisor in case of life changes. If you do not complete your first course within the stated time, and not connect in a timely manner with your advisor, we will review the case, and you may be removed from the program.