- Up-to-date information on local, national, and international employment opportunities, job market trends and education, and volunteer resources
- Information on job fairs (in person and virtual) and other hiring events
- Assistance with employment applications
- Career counseling and individual career assessments
- Résumé critiques
- Classes and seminars on self-assessment and career exploration, resume writing, interviewing techniques, dressing for success, networking, and entrepreneurship
- Information on spouse licensure reimbursement (re-licensing at a new duty station can be costly)
- Army Spouse Employment, Career and Education Resource Links: a good place start investigating employment options
- Military Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (MySECO): education and career guidance for military spouses
- Military OneSource Spouse Education and Employment: a source for trustworthy guidance on entering the workforce
- The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP): Military OneSource’s portal to connect spouses and employers
- USAjobs.gov: the Federal Government’s employment portal
- Home Based Business (HBB): options for businesses that operate from on-post quarters
- The U.S. Department of Labor: transition assistance and employment preparation for military spouses
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes: An initiative that assists veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment
- Classes - Online Registration
- New or PCSing Spouses Information
- Job Spotlight (Updated Weekly)
- MyCAA - My Career Advancement Account Scholarship
Get the Credentials You Need To Achieve Your Career Goal!
The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance for licenses, certifications, or Associate’s degrees to pursue an occupation or career field.
For eligibility information check out the fact sheet here.
For MyCAA scholarship information and assistance please call 1-800-342-9647.
More information and resources can be found at: https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa
- Community Partners and Resources
Hiring Our Heroes: The Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative launched in March 2011 as a nationwide effort to connect veterans, service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities including fellowships, career intensives, hiring fairs and career transition resources.
Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO): SECO is a Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program that provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide and offers comprehensive resources and tools for all stages of your career progression.
Pikes Peak Workforce Center: The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) is the American Job Center serving El Paso and Teller counties. PPWFC connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. Create an account with Connecting Colorado to access the state and county run job bank!
Colorado Springs Military Spouse Career Coalition (MSCC): The MSCC is a collaborative effort of community leaders, employers and like-minded partners to promote meaningful employment opportunities for Military Spouses.
Onward to Opportunity (O2O): 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.
American Corporate Partners: ACP’s free Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans, active duty spouses and eligible military spouses (Protégés) with corporate professionals (Mentors) for customized mentorships. ACP assists veterans and eligible spouses on their path towards fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed.
Military Spouse Jobs: Formerly known as the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), MilitarySpouseJobs.org provides career placement and advancement services to Military Spouses, caregivers and military family members.
Military Spouse Employment Partnership: MSEP is a Department of Defense program that connects Military Spouses with over 500 partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain Military Spouses. There are thousands of active jobs for Military Spouses advertised through their job portal.
- Military Spouse Preference
What is Military Spouse Preference?
Military Spouse Preference (MSP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program to assist Military Spouses in obtaining federal employment when they relocate (PCS) with their sponsor. Agencies can use this authority when filling competitive service positions on a temporary (not to exceed one year), term (more than one year but not more than four years), or permanent basis. MSP does NOT entitle spouses to an appointment over any other applicant. Military Spouses will still need to demonstrate that they meet the qualifications for the position they are applying to. MSP is used at the discretion of the hiring authority.
To be eligible for MSP, the spouse must:
- Be married to an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces,
- Reside within the commuting area of the sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS),
- Meet all pre-employment criteria and be immediately appointable under the applicable recruitment procedures, and
- Be determined to rank among the best qualified for the position.
Previously, Military Spouses would enroll on the program at their local CPAC office. This is no longer the case. Military Spouses are now required to complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist. This form must be submitted with your application each time you apply to a Department of Defense (DoD) position on USAJOBS in order to receive Military Spouse Preference.
View the MSP Fact Sheet here.
View MSP Frequently Asked Questions here.
For more information about the Military Spouse Hiring Path and to create your profile visit www.usajobs.gov.
Our Employment Readiness program offers three workshops a month (Military Spouse Preference (MSP) & Federal Employment, Navigating USAJOBS and Federal Resume 101) that explain the Military Spouse Hiring Path and USAJobs application process in depth. Please visit the Class Registration tab to register for the next workshop.
- Licensure in Colorado (New, Reimbursement and Reinstatement)
PROFESSIONAL LICENSING IN COLORADO
The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is the state's umbrella regulatory agency, charged with managing licensing and registration for multiple professions and businesses, implementing balanced regulation for Colorado industries, and protecting consumers. Professional support for Service Members and Military Spouses include:
- Military Relocated Spouse Licensure: Effective January 1, 2021, Military Spouses may obtain three-year temporary credentials for any profession or occupation under the purview of DPO, if they hold a credential in good standing from another US state or territory and meet certain other requirements. This new program is provided at no cost to the military spouse.
- Applications are available on the online portal here.
- View a list of frequently asked questions here.
- View the complete list of professional licenses regulated by DORA here.
- License Renewal Fee Waivers: For licenses issued by the Division of Professions and Occupations, if requirements that are set in state law are met, you may be considered for a waiver of your renewal fees and/or a waiver of any continuing education or professional competency requirements. Official military documentation must be provided that satisfy each of the three requirements.
- Military License Reinstatement: The Division of Professions & Occupations (DPO) has implemented Colorado legislation to establish reinstatement for a military member’s expired license. License reinstatement may be available to members of the military currently on active duty for a minimum of 30 days and veterans who have not been dishonorably discharged.
- Military Career Pathways: DORA licenses and regulates more than 50 licenses and occupations in the state of Colorado and is committed to providing professional support and outstanding customer service to Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, military spouses and Veterans. The assistance offered to active military personnel, veterans and their families in transitioning into civilian life include special programs and initiatives aimed at assisting with transporting existing credentials or acquiring professional Colorado credentials while meeting life needs during military service or during the transition to civilian life.
MILITARY SPOUSE INTERSTATE LICENSE RECOGNITION OPTIONS
Military spouses serving in professions with occupational license requirements face special challenges. They experience gaps in employment and costly interruptions in their career trajectory due to frequent relocations. It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Labor to reduce employment barriers and enhance career opportunities for military spouses. Colorado is one of many states that support military spouse license recognition options by allowing for expedited applications, temporary licenses, or complete license recognition.
- Click here to view occupations with Interstate Reciprocity Agreements.
FEDERAL (ARMY) REIMBURSEMENT FOR SPOUSE RELICENSURE AND RECERTIFICATION COSTS
Eligibility: In accordance with AD 2020–01, the army will reimburse a soldier for qualified relicensing costs of the spouse when––
- the soldier is reassigned, either as a permanent change of station (pcs) or permanent change of assignment, from a duty station in one state to a duty station in another state and the movement of the soldier's dependents is authorized at the expense of the united states as part of the reassignment.
- The spouse is not required to have held the license in the immediately preceding duty station state. So long as the spouse, while married to the soldier, held the license at any prior duty station state, reimbursement eligibility requirements are met upon pcs to the new duty station state. Thus, for example, a soldier pcsing from outside of the continental united US to the continental US may meet eligibility requirements for spousal licensure reimbursement. Likewise, a soldier’s spouse who, upon pcs to a new state, renews their license after a lapse between duty stations may meet eligibility requirements.
- When the request for reimbursement was adjudicated on or prior to 19 December 2019, the reimbursable amount is the lesser amount between fees paid and $500.
- When the request for reimbursement was adjudicated on or after 20 December 2019, the reimbursable amount is the lesser amount between fees paid and $1,000.
Applying for Reimbursement: Eligible Service Members may apply for the reimbursement of qualified relicensing costs of a spouse by submitting the supporting documents to their units S-1. Supporting Documents include:
- A completed Standard Form (SF) 1034, approved by the unit commander. The unit S-1/personnel designated official will certify the voucher. View sample SF 1034 here.
- A copy of current PCS orders.
- Verification of spouse’s license number, type of license and state.
- Copy of new state license and/or certification.
- Proof of fees paid for relicensing and/or recertification from current permanent duty station.
View the complete Army Directive (ALARACT 006/2021) here.
- Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Opportunities
Are you a current Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employee?
The Army NAF Civilian Employment Assignment Tool (CEAT) enables many current NAF employees to voluntarily request a non-competitive transfer to another Army installation where the same position may be available. Transfer requests are only authorized from one Army installation to another Army installation or a Joint Base if it is serviced by Army NAF Human Resources. CEAT applies to NAF employees in the following categories:
- Child and Youth Program Assistants (CYPAs)
- NF-03 and below
- NAF FWS-NA, NL, and NS pay bands
View more information on the CEAT process here.
Live on post and interested in starting your own child care business?
Family Child Care (FCC) was created with the Military Spouse in mind. The FCC program provides support, free training, free referrals, free resources and child care subsidies. FCC continues to be a cost effective child care delivery system, offering parents quality programming at a 15% costs savings compared to child development centers. For more information visit https://carson.armymwr.com/programs/family-child-care
- Remote & Telework from Home Opportunities
- Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Information
- Apprenticeship Opportunities (Colorado Springs Area)
The ACS Employment Readiness Program (ERP) is here to assist you with your employment needs. Our Employment Readiness Specialists provide one on one resume reviews, job search assistance, interview preparation, career skills development, and various employment resources. Register for a class and/or professional development workshop below under the “Class – Online Registration” tab.
Click here to join our weekly email Job Spotlight email list and receive a weekly email highlighting local employers seeking military affiliated talent.
To request an appointment with an ERP Specialist click here.
The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) offers resources to help with your career plan and job search. Whether you’re a military spouse or Family member who just moved to a new installation, retiree, DoD Civilian looking for new opportunities, or active duty military, Active Reserve, National Guard member, or Wounded Warrior, we’re here to help.
Our services include:
*Not all programs and classes are available at all ACS facilities.
Are you ready? Contact your Employment Readiness Program manager (ERPM) for more information.
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