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How a U.S. Army veteran gained the certifications he needed to be successful post-service


We are pleased to bring you a guest blog post from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University with a testimonial from one of their program participants. The IVMF is using Skillsoft’s content to advance the lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. The IT Skills & Certification and Business Skills & Leadership Training content equip service members, veterans and their families with the skills they need to be successful in business ownership, their careers and life.

By Claude L. Jenkins II

First, I would like to thank the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University for their assistance over the past 12 months. It has not only been my honor, but my pleasure to be part of this program. I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning opportunities it has afforded me. IVMF is a terrific initiative that is truly desired, needed, and vital for transitioning service members, veteransveterans with disabilities, and last but truly not least, our wonderful dependents who are seeking to help us succeed in obtaining and achieving our goals for education, employment and enrichment.

Since enrolling in the IVMF, I was able to

  1. Complete the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam.
  2. Prepare for, and complete, two of the Federal Acquisition Institute's highest level certifications (
  • FAC Project/Program Managers (P/PM) Level III
  • FAC Contract Officer Representative (COR) Level III

In addition, the learning I gained while enrolled in the program allowed me to provide solid, relevant, and academically sound content towards my doctoral dissertation. I am now about to graduate with a Doctor of Science Degree in Information Assurance. As you can imagine, I’m incredibly excited about this! 

Furthermore, after being with my organization for only 10 months, I was able to apply what I learned and put it into practice. The IT and project management skills I’ve gained, which are in direct alignment with the PMI's and ISC2's bodies of knowledge, have helped give me to develop, enhance and modernize several in-flight IT programs and projects. As a result, I was recently informed that I could expect a promotion within the next two months. The benefits offered by IVMF are genuinely far-reaching! 

I am a believer and strong supporter of the O2O-VCTP program. I encourage transitioning service members and veterans to consider the IVMF for achieving their goals for education, employment and enrichment.

Learn more about how the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University uses Skillsoft’s content by reading our recent press release and case study.

Claude L. Jenkins II is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Syracuse University’s Veterans Career Transition Program.

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