253-967-0319  c2c@pacmtn.org

New HOH Logo_long

Corporate Fellowship Program at JBLM

This is an information page intended for Transitioning Military and Military Spouses, that are planning on attending the Corporate Fellowship Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
Click here to connect to the Corporate Fellowship Program national website.

Group orientations are held every Thursday at Stone Education Center on JBLM Main  6242 Colorado Ave. at 3:30 PM. Contact rcomer@uschamber.com for availability.

Corporate Fellowship Program- 2017 Dates
Cohort 1 2017
  • Week 1 -training January 25-27
  • Week -2-11 (At Company Mon-Wed in Class Thursdays) January 30-April 7
  • Week -12 Graduation week of April 10-14th
Cohort 2 2017 [Open Application Period- December 1, 2016 1 to March 3, 2017]

Applications now being accepted for Cohort 2-2017, deadline to apply March 3, 2017.

newFirst Round Interviews (Select Candidates) – March 14,
However, be advised that you may be contacted before March 14 to conduct this interview at an earlier date.
newFinal Round Interviews (Business Selects) – April 19, Location TBD

  • Week 1 -training May 10-12
  • Week -2-11 (At Company Monday-Thursday, In class Friday Mornings) May 15 – July 21
  • Week -12 Graduation week of July 24-28th
Cohort 3 2017 [Open Application Period- March 30 to June 30, 2017]
  • Week 1 -training August 23-25th
  • Week -2-11 (At Company Monday-Thursday, In class Friday Mornings) August 28-November 3rd
  • Week -12 Graduation week of November 6-10th

 Why a Fellowship?

Military leaders with a broad spectrum of leadership and multi-echelon operational experience need a transition program that could significantly build their civilian network, and add civilian work experience to their resume. Leaders in transition and spouses due to relocation, also need to significantly increase their chances of landing a career that is more in line with their education, experience and current level of pay. One of the most effective ways to assist in meeting these goals is through a Fellowship in an actual business.

Self-Redefinition: “This program is an excellent and unsurpassed opportunity to be fully embedded in a corporate environment where you must, by necessity, redefine yourself in civilian terms and come to a working relationship with the business world. It is an exceptional chance to prepare yourself for life after the service.
Working with civilian businessmen, many of them prior military themselves, has given me a chance to redefine myself, my career goals, and how I explain myself to others. All of those are immeasurably helpful with interview preparation and the job search.”
– Chad J. (US Army Captain, and Alaska Airlines Fellow)

How do we do this?

Fellows learn from Ray Rike, President, Enterprise Business – Simplilearn America’s during corporate readiness week

While you are on Active Duty in transition or a spouse, you will be placed with one of our  Partner Companies in a management position for three months. You will train and network with them four days a week. You will also spend one morning each week in the classroom gaining valuable corporate skills and certifications. This all culminates in a final project and an interview for possible employment.

You have managed, led and commanded in the military, now Make Our Team Your Team, Apply Today!
Some of our great partners include: Starbucks, Amazon, UPS, Alaska Airlines, Comcast, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Group Health, TrueBlue, Williams-Sonoma, 7-Eleven, and many others. Complete list of Corporate Partners.

In the news:

Press Release CityU blog
newNorthwest Guardian PacMtn News
Fred Hutch Online newThe Ranger
Starbucks Newsroom  newVideo- Corporate Fellowship Program
Video- King 5 News Video- KOMO News

 

Fellows From Cohort 2-16 in First week at JBLM, WA

Eligibility:

  • Must be a military spouse, or on active duty and within 180 days of transition (separation or retirement) from military service or military spouse.
  • Ideally, must either be on active duty or on transition leave for the duration of the 12 week program, and be eligible to work shortly following the end of the program.
  • For active duty transitioning or military spouse, Camo2Commerce enrollment will be required upon selection for Fellowship position (if not retiring), you may visit room 206 at Hawk Transition Center Tuesdays or Thursdays @ 1:30 PM to attend a C2C orientation

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree, plus three years leadership experience or equivalent related experience in your field OR an associate’s degree, plus five years leadership experience or equivalent related experience in your field.

To Apply-

  • All military, MUST attend the Career Skills Briefing, Mondays starting at 12:00 PM at Hawk on JBLM-North.
  • Then you will be given a folder at the briefing with further instructions on how to connect with Career Skills Counselors to secure a Letter of Particiaption (LOP).
  • Your LOP must be signed by your O-5 level Commander, then returned to the CSP Counselor for further processing through JBLM Garrison CSM
    • Note: starting 1 JAN 17, Army personnel must have completed all mandatory SFLTAP classes prior to turning in their LOP.
  • All applicants: Email a cover letter explaining why you want to be a part of this program, and what type of career you are passionate about and are suited for, along with your resume (.pdf format preferred) to rcomer@uschamber.com
  • If you are not retiring, or are a military spouse, please email Lee Blackstock, lee@pacmtn.org to discuss next steps for enrollment in the Camo2Commerce program.

Selection Process

First round interviews will be conducted individually, normally at Stone Education Center, (schedule will be provided). If selected from the first round interview to move forward, your resume will be distributed to all of the companies. They will have approximately 4 to 6 weeks to select who they would like to interview (we will notify you along the way). Upon the deadline of receiving their selections, we will hold a mass interview event (scheduled in advance), where you will interview at tables with each company that selected you. After your last interview, you will rank each company you interviewed with, and they will rank you. We will make placement decisions based off of this information. You will be notified of your placement within 48 hours following this event.

Program Overview

Fellows at CityU

Corporate Fellows huddle for corporate training and a presentation by Port of Seattle members at City University of Seattle Tacoma Campus

The first week will run Tuesday through Thursday.  This curriculum serves as a foundation into the corporate setting.  Throughout the remaining 11 weeks of training, the Fellows will spend Monday through Thursday in on-the-job training with our Corporate Partners; while each Friday will consist of a blend of online and/or classroom corporate training and time back with the military unit or separation processing as needed.

What are the Educational Benefits?

Myriad of certification tracks will be offered at no cost to fellows: PMP certification, HR Track, IT Track, or Lean 6 Sigma Track and many, many more (Learn more here). The cost for these certifications range from $1500-$2500 each, depending on the cost of each proctored certification exam. As a result of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s partnership with Simplilearn, the world’s largest professional certifications company, there will be no cost to Fellows; only an increase in the earning potential these certifications provide their recipients. Full-cost funding is available to all Fellows who complete the coursework for their elected certification within the 13 weeks they are in Corporate Fellowship Program. In addition to the initial immersion week, Microsoft Office courses, weekly fellow huddles, and guest speaker/mentor programs will also be taught during the program.

  • Week 1
    • The class will run three days on JBLM, preparing the Fellows to transition from the military and into a position with one of our Corporate Partners.  The week will include further development of aptitude in networking, interviewing, resumé development and other corporate skills, and you will be able to view and enroll in our select corporate education program and select a certificate path in a host of options like PMP, Lean Six Sigma, and IT. see www.simplilearn.com/heroes for more information.
CityU President

Fellows gather for corporate training, and hear from the CityUniversity of Seattle President about corporate leadership.

John W Grad

Fellowship graduation ceremony, hosted by Camo2Commerce, & US Chamber of Commerce, Hiring our Heroes, with guest speaker Congressman Denny Heck.

As a way to kick-start the Fellows’ ongoing classroom learning, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a “Fellowship huddle” with senior-level guest speakers each Friday.  This event provides an opportunity to network and absorb invaluable knowledge from key corporate leaders in civilian sectors. The Fellows will receive a variety of assignments and projects to complete, thus enabling the Fellows to be mentored, trained and evaluated on their work.  Throughout this process, the C2C Liaison for the CFP monitors Fellows directly via agreement and coordination with liaisons from each participating business.  The C2C Liaison also retains responsibility of ensuring program effectiveness, cohort participation and progress, success rates and client/business satisfaction upon completion of the program. The Fellowship ideally ends no later than two weeks from the time the Fellows’ separation from the military.  This will allow enough time for any required out-processing procedures, but not too much time to negate the ability to be hired into a position with the business.

For a current list of corporate partners Fellowship Opportunities  click here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your C2C counselor or email  rcomer@uschamber.com