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All DVS team members in the education, transition, and employment programs are teleworking, and are connected via phone and e-mail, and can perform almost all direct-service activities for Veterans and their families during normal working hours.

Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP)

VTAP Overview

The Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) offers transitioning service members and their spouses the best Virginia has to offer. By providing peer-to-peer support through the transition process, VTAP works alongside the transitioning service member or spouse to make referrals that address specific needs. The referral services could include, but is not limited to resume review, introduction to the Virginia Labor Market index, connection with the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified companies for employment, and other DVS programs as applicable. The VTAP core areas of focus are those seeking employment, education, and entrepreneurship, but we will also assist those with needs outside of those three core areas. We make a commitment to customer service, and always ensure that referrals are completed with follow up from the VTAP staff.

Over time, VTAP has developed a refined network of employers and other resources that have made a commitment to our transitioning service members and their spouses. Through that network, VTAP partners to offer multiple connection points with those seeking employment through networking events, job fairs, hiring events, and electronic communications promoting jobs and events. We want service members and spouses to start thinking about transition early!

Through outreach and services, VTAP provides a strong case for why a transitioning service member should call Virginia home post-transition.

Goals

  • Peer to Peer support to transitioning service members and their spouses
  • Outreach for the Commonwealth of Virginia, answering the question “Why Virginia?”
  • Partner with federal, state, local, nonprofit, and employers to provide the best possible resources to our service members and spouses

The VTAP team aims to reach the transitioning community as early and efficiently as possible through our presence on installations throughout Virginia.  Our Regional Transition Coordinators present at TAP classes, hold office hours, lead resume and employment workshops, attend job fairs, and set up informational tables at Fort Lee, Fort Belvoir, Quantico, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, and Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

HIRE VETS NOW Fellowship Program

The HIRE VETS NOW Fellowship Program provides transitioning service members the opportunity to network with Veteran Certified employers offering 6-12 week internships to eligible applicants, with commander approval, up to six months prior to separation.  Participation in a fellowship program while still serving in the military allows you to gain marketable skills and experience to enhance your civilian career opportunities.  If you are interested in the program and are within 18 months from separation, please download the Service Member Interest Form below, and send that along with your resume to hvnfellowship@dvs.virginia.gov.

Service Member Interest Form

Current List of HVNFP Internships

To view the most up-to-date list of available internship opportunities, click the link above.  Before selecting a company to pursue, be sure to visit the company’s website to learn more about them.  For additional information, please email hvnfellowship@dvs.virginia.gov or call (804) 482-8517

Transition Connection Newsletter

If you are a transitioning service member, Veteran or spouse looking for employment, sign up for the VTAP Newsletter called the Transition Connection. VTAP collects job postings from employers looking to hire veterans and spouses and sends them out twice each week to our list of subscribers. Each posting will host a unique set of job openings for all levels of occupations all across the Commonwealth. We also include upcoming events for you as well and key information you need to know as a Virginia Veteran. In order to join the subscription list, click here.

If you are an employer or resource provider and would like to receive a copy of the Transition Connection, sign up here.

To submit your positions to the newsletter, please use the online submission form HERE.

Events

VTAP works to increase connection points between employers and transitioning service member through a variety of events.

HIRE VETS NOW Networking and Hiring Events

If you are still transitioning and want an opportunity to meet employers in a more casual environment, join us at one of our hiring and networking events hosted throughout the state with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation and other local partners. Click here for more information on the HIRE VETS NOW Hiring and Networking Events, and to register.

Hiring Events and Job Fairs

Hiring Events and Job Fairs offer an opportunity for transitioning service members and their spouses to interact with employers in traditional job fair style events, “speed-dating” style hiring events, and other employment events. To see a list of upcoming events, subscribe to the Transition Connection and get the most up-to-date information.

Resume Writing Courses and Employment Workshops

VTAP Resume and employment workshops all transitioning service members and their families the opportunities to do some hands-on work to improve their resume, practice their interview skills, and become better prepared for the civilian workforce.  VTAP is proud to partner with Soldier for Life to host a monthly resume course on Fort Lee.   VTAP is also partnering with USO PAthfinder to co-host resume writing and employment workshops on Fort Belvoir and Naval Station Norfolk.

VTAP Partners

Boots to Suits

Boots to Suits is a clothing program for male and female Virginia veterans transitioning from military life to civilian careers. The program provides veterans with two complimentary career outfits, enabling them to look and feel their best for job interviews and non-military work environments. Military spouses who are job-seeking and the main household provider are also eligible for this opportunity. If you are within 60 days of your separation date and would like to participate, click here to submit your request.

Onward to Opportunity – Veterans Career Transition Program

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services is pleased to offer the resources of the Onward to Opportunity in Partnership with the Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP) to eligible Virginia transitioning Service Members, Veterans and family members through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.

O2O-VCTP is a free, comprehensive career training, certification and employment program designed to launch you into your next career with over 30 industry-recognized learning paths and courses as part of three career tracks: Customer Service, Information Technology, and Business Management. The program offers classroom and web-based training to accommodate all types of learners. Transitioning service members, veterans and military families can also benefit from the uniquely military employment pipeline with direct connections to career-path counseling, job-ready training and access to over 400 brand name employers.

To learn more, please visit: http://onward2opportunity-vctp.org/the-program/.

CONTACT THE VTAP STAFF:

For general inquiries call 804-786-8060 or email vtap@dvs.virginia.gov.
Additional VTAP team member contact information may be found below.

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VTAP Contacts

Name Title Contact Information

Keta Fetters

VTAP Program Manager

(804) 482-8533
keta.fetters@dvs.virginia.gov

Alfredo Torres

Central Regional Transition Coordinator and Hire Vets Now Fellowship Coordinator

(804) 297-8738 alfredo.torres@dvs.virginia.gov

Timbasii Bowden

Hampton Roads Regional Transition Coordinator

(804)297-6147
timbasii.bowden@dvs.virginia.gov

Katie Spinazzola

Northern Virginia Regional Transition Coordinator

(804)337-1184
katie.spinazzola@dvs.virginia.gov