DoD Skillbridge/Transitioning

DoD SkillBridge Transitioning Military Program:

HBI has partnered with The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) to develop specialized trades training programs located near 10 of the largest military installations in the nation. Supported by a $50 million THDF grant, this initiative is a part of the foundation’s multi-year $500 billion commitment to veteran causes. On target for full completion by the end of 2020, several of the centers are already active, providing veteran training and producing qualified graduates.

With the approval of their chain of command, transitioning servicemembers in each region served by an HBI training facility can participate in the cost-free 12-week program; no military or GI Bill funding is required as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge program. During the program, servicemembers spend up to 75% of their time in hands-on training, earn professional certifications and receive job placement support. Through our pre-apprenticeship certificate training (PACT), HBI is able to combine academic learning and hands-on experience to deliver sustainable construction trade education.

Prior to enrolling in the DoD SkillBridge Transitioning Military Program, servicemembers complete an interview with HBI staff. Following their interview, participants are assigned to the cohort aligned with their end of service date (table below).

Class cohortStart dateEnd date
January 20211.4.20213.26.2021
February 20212.8.20214.30.2021
April 20214.6.20216.25.2021
May 20215.10.20217.30.2021
July 20217.5.20219.24.2021
August 20218.9.202110.29.2021
October 202110.4.202112.23.2021
November 202111.15.20212.11.2022
January 20221.3.20223.25.2022

What do participant receive?

Students in the HBI Transitioning Military Program are trained and ready for semi-skilled positions upon completion of the PACT program. Throughout the program and following its completion participants receive job placement support enabling them to secure employment before the end of their active-duty service.

PACT graduates emerge from the program highly skilled, certified and in demand by employers in the construction industry.

Where is the program available?

Camp Pendleton, CAElectrical
Fort Bliss, TXCarpentry
Fort Bragg, NCCarpentry
Fort Campbell, KYCarpentry
Fort Carson, COCarpentry
Fort Hood, TXCarpentry
Fort Riley, KSCarpentry
Fort Stewart, GACarpentry
Jacksonville, FLCarpentry
Norfolk, VACarpentry

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