Transition GPS Offers 3 Specialized Courses

Senior Airman Michael Vigil, a 19th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection examiner, looks through a College Level Examination Program book July 22, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force/Mercedes Muro)
Senior Airman Michael Vigil, a 19th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection examiner, looks through a College Level Examination Program book July 22, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. (U.S. Air Force/Mercedes Muro)

The Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) curriculum is a critical component of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Transition GPS is an outcome-based curriculum with standardized learning objectives that transforms the way the military prepares service members for their transition to civilian life.

In addition to a core curriculum, Transition GPS includes three additional tracks that are available to all service members, spouses and their dependents. These tracks are two-day courses focusing on a self-selected path. The Boots to Business track is for those wanting to start their own business, the Accessing Higher Education is for those wanting to pursue a college education, and the Career Exploration and Planning Track is to assist service members in identifying their career goals and what steps they need to take to position themselves for success.

Accessing Higher Education (AHE):

The Accessing Higher Education Track assists service members who are interested in pursuing higher education by identifying the education requirements supporting their career goals. The two-day workshop is divided into four topic areas: choosing a program of study, selecting an institution of higher education, exploring funding sources, and navigating the admission process. Throughout the workshop, service members conduct research on at least two institutions and complete a college comparison chart.

Career Exploration and Planning Track (CEPT):

Formerly the Career Technical Training Track, the Department of Labor starts CEPT by asking service members two questions, what are your career goals? What steps do you need to take to position yourself for success? CEPT helps answer those questions and offers a unique opportunity to identify skills, increase awareness of training and credentialing programs, and develop an action plan to achieve career goals. Service members and spouses who attend the two-day CEPT workshop will complete personalized career development assessments of occupational interest, aptitudes, and work values.

These assessments present workshop participants with a variety of tailored job recommendations aligned with their interests and aptitudes, some of which are classified as "high demand" or "high growth" occupations. Participants learn to narrow their career focus by establishing achievable career goals and development strategies. Workshop facilitators guide participants through a variety of career considerations including labor market projections, education, apprenticeships, certifications, and licensure requirements.

Boots to Business (B2B):

Created and maintained by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the course provides the process and overview of what it takes to start a small business. The class also includes support resources, free follow-on, in-depth training, and provides the transitioning service member the ability to determine if entrepreneurship is a path for them.

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