Skills Training/Upskilling

The benefit of skills training/upskilling

Even if an employee loves his or her job, the future is never guaranteed. Industries change, employers are forced to downsize, jobs are replaced by artificial intelligence, etc. The best way employees can ensure their future is to increase their value to their employer by expanding their knowledge and skill set. When opportunities for promotion arise, their employer will look favorably upon their willingness to learn and take on new tasks. For those who leave the company, upskilling will only add to their resume and make them more attractive to future employers.

WholePoint Systems training program is designated to give transitioning Service Members hands-on experience in modern data center environments. The program will give students high-demand industry certificates as well as hands-on experience with data center operations in HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Networking, and Monitoring. The program will teach students not only individual skillsets, but the integration of these skills and the best practices that will make the student more valuable to hiring organizations. The goal of this program is to give transitioning Service Members skills sets, certifications, and hands-on experience within Data Center Operational environments.

The purpose of this program will be to get students industry recognized certifications and hands-on experience with modern operations in data center environments that will lead to higher playing full-time employment opportunities within 30 days of completion. WholePoint Systems goal is to have a job aligned for every participant as they complete the training programs.

Wade Stephenson, Account Manager,, Mobile: (540) 226-9552 Office: (571) 933-8509



Onward to Opportunity (O2O), a program of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families of Syracuse University provides no-cost training, certification and employment assistance for Transitioning Service Members, Veterans, Military Spouses and Members of the National Guard and Reservists. Provides no-cost training and certifications in over 40 top paying career fields and direct connections to military friendly employers. To access additional information and to apply for services access go to:

Sandy Smith, Program Manager,, (703) 229-9152 or Karen Santiano Francis, Program Coordinator,, 202-884-9966.

Project Next S.T.E.P. (Service Member Education Transition Programs) is a unique career education program designed to prepare and train soon-to-transition service members for in-demand civil certification tests. These certifications help to distinguish service members in the competitive civilian workspace as they seek to translate skill sets obtained during their military careers. Current certifications are, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and Coming Soon—CDL course.

Maura Gondek, Program Supervisor – Transition USO of Metropolitan Washington Baltimore,, 571-267-2086 (Office) 703-862-6391 (Cell).

The Veterans Curation Program (VCP) program is a five-month employment and training program, during which veterans receive training in archaeological processing. Using industry-specific technology and software, veterans work to repackage, photograph, and catalog important archaeological collections. These collections can include artifacts and their associated records, as well as historic documents and photographs. The program provides hands-on experience in archaeological and historical work. Skills learned, such as digital photography and database entry, are applicable in many different fields.

Every program participant receives paid personal growth and development assistance, including time and instruction for resume building and job searches. All federal holidays are paid in addition to up to one week of personal time off, which can be used for medical appointments or other purposes. All VCP laboratories are ADA compliant (with the exception of some collections storage areas). We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. The schedule includes either 20-hour weeks or 40-hour weeks, but these hours can be made flexible upon mutual agreement. No overtime is expected. The period of employment by the program is expected to last up to five months.

Julie Danna, VCP Outreach Coordinator,, (571) 312-4717

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry.

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy provides an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) training for high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration, or database and business intelligence administration. Program graduates have an opportunity to interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of our hiring partners.

Maureen Farmer, Quantico Site Manager, MSSA, Military Affairs;