SUCCESS STORIES

Mr. Sullivan is one of the many individuals who have had success utilizing the Military Corps Career Connect (C3) program in the state of Maryland. C3 is a state-wide initiative assisting transitioning service members, recently separated veterans, and active duty military spouses smoothly transition into a civilian career path.

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland is one of the four sub-recipients of the C3 grant which was awarded to Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Mr. Sullivan initially connected with the C3 Veteran Navigator as he was preparing for military retirement at the end of August. He was “looking to make his military certifications and experience more in-line with the civilian workforce.” By word of mouth, Mr. Sullivan had heard that the C3 program might be able to help fund civilian certifications and provide him with career coaching services. He was enrolled in C3 and he and his Veteran Navigator created an employment plan to get him on the right track in terms of his job search.

Mr. Sullivan was very proactive in applying for positions and was able to obtain individualized assistance with polishing his resume. The C3 Veteran Navigator partnered with the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Fleet and Family Support Center to hold a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification training. Mr. Sullivan was one of 10 C3 participants in this five-day bootcamp-style training. He was given a pretraining workshop, a post-training review session, and assistance with submitting his application to the Project Management Institute (PMI). The C3 grant funded the training program, all extra sessions, a oneyear PMI membership, and an exam voucher for each participant. Mr. Sullivan sat for the PMP certification exam which he passed on the first attempt. He is now considered a PMP-certified professional.

He has retired from the military and has begun his second career as a Lead Hardware Engineer with a local technology company. Mr. Sullivan believes that the C3 program helped him to improve his marketability, ultimately securing him a full-time job in the private sector. He stated, “The C3 program is a great service to assist transitioning service members. It improved my dossier and helped me to land a job locally at the high end of my desired salary range!” Through this grant-funded program, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland has been able to assist over 80 individuals with their career transitions since June of 2017. We hope to continue making this type of impact on our military community!