By Bruce W. Derdoski Jr., Transition Services Specialist /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – The Army has a relatively new resource program to assist transitioning service members and we’re excited that it has arrived at Fort Benning.
With that being said, our team at Fort Benning is proud to welcome Ms. Yolanda Gossett to our SFL-TAP Center team as the new Career Skills Program Installation Administrator.
The CSP was nationally launched by the Installation Management Command in 2015 as part of the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program.
Gossett was previously employed at Columbus State University and over the years she has served students and their families, military families, faculty and university staff.
She has the passion for serving people and helping them achieve their goals.
“I’m excited to be a part the Fort Benning community and it’s my pleasure to serve those who have served,” Gossett said.
As the new CSP Installation Administrator, Gossett is ready to assist our transitioning service members and finding them a post military career.
Gossett has launched a new CSP web page https://www.benning.army.mil/Garrison/DHR/SFL-TAP/CSP.html and she is working closely with our current CSP programs to ensure that each of our programs meet Army requirements and that they remain a benefit for our transitioning Soldiers.
Gossett is excited to connect with businesses that would like to become a Career Skills Program to expand more job opportunities to our Soldiers.
There are five types of Career Skills Programs. The types are outlined here and they are: Internships, credentialing, job shadowing, on-the job training (employment skills training) and apprenticeships/pre-apprenticeships. The excitement about the CSP programs is that it allows our Soldiers the opportunity to learn a civilian trade/skill to help lessen the stress and worries about their next career and that they are able to support themselves and their families financially.
The eligibility requirements to participate in any CSP Program are outlined here, but Soldiers must have served on active duty a minimum of 180 days and be within 180 days of separation.
It must also be expected that the Soldier will separate with an honorable discharge and be approved by their commander.
Costs, if any, associated with CSP participation are reasonable and may be reimbursable utilizing the Post 911 GI Bill.
The current CSP Programs at Fort Benning include Troops to Transportation (CDL), Embry-Riddle University and Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, Veterans Education Training and Transitioning Program (VET2) through Georgia Tech, and our newest, Marco’s Pizza, is launching their CSP partnership here later in January 2017.
You may also call (706)545-2308/2309, email or stop by the SFL-TAP Office.