Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP)

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, transitioning active duty servicemembers, and spouses of active duty military. Paid for in entirety by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co, VCTP offers 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. VCTP is offered through an advisor-led cohort admitted quarterly.

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.


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


National Guard & Reserve: VCTP is also open to National Guard & Reserve members who have served on active duty since 9/11/01 for purposes other than training or drill, such as AGR or on a deployment.

Delivered at No Cost

The program is offered at no-cost to eligible participants. Costs are currently underwritten by JPMC as part of their extensive collaboration with Syracuse University and as founding partner of the IVMF. Participation in VCTP does not utilize your education benefits either. Certification exam preparation and 1 exam fee may be paid for by the program based on progress in the courses, and in the case of exams, results of preparation exams.

System Requirements

To view this full list of system requirements, click here.

Program Information

VCTP is focused on preparing transitioning service members and spouses for their careers in operations, HR 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.

VCTP also gives you skills to effectively prepare for and execute job searches, including company research, and résumé and cover letter writing. It offers a foundation to advanced level courses in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook as well.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Access to courses for up to one full year
  • Academic advisors available
  • Cohorts begin quarterly (January, April, July, October)
  • Participants become SU students
  • Certificate of completion from Syracuse University for each course completed
  • Industry certification funding available, where applicable
  • Career Search Support

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Pre-Application Checklist

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