Skills Development Program

Skills Development Course Schedule

Archi’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (AISA)

6 Week Small Scale Farming, Hydroponics, and Agribusiness Course held in Escondido, CA.
Active Duty Enlisted and Spouses / uses GI Bill

POC: Robert Blundell (760) 626-6360

BMW Military Service Technician Education Program (MSTEP)

16-week Training towards becoming a BMW service technician held on CP
Active Duty / Free
POC: Sal Jimenez (619) 997-3307;

Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program

12 Week Internship (Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree required) with local San Diego placements
Active Duty / Free
POC: Dillon Drews (480) 280-9010;

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

19 Week Course with 3 tracks:
• Server and Cloud Administrator (networking)- on Camp Pendleton
• Cloud Application and Development (coding)- in San Diego
• Cyber Security – in Oceanside
Active Duty Enlisted / Uses GI-Bill
POC: Martin Schwab (760) 385-0152;

Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

9 Week Hybrid Course (3 days in classroom, 8 weeks online) with 4 tracks:
• Information Technology
• Project Management
• Customer Service
• Human Resources
Active Duty Enlisted & Spouses / Free
POC: Aixa Escobar (760) 798-6060;

Veterans in Piping (VIP)

18 Week Welding and Pipe Fitting Training toward Apprenticeship
Active Duty Enlisted / Free
POC: Sonny Castillo (619) 453-7412;

Workshops for Warriors (WFW)

16 Week Course held in Downtown San Diego with 2 tracks:
• Welding
• Machining
Active Duty Enlisted / Free
POC: Anne Bottema (619)

Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC)

10 Week Course to become a Veteran Service Representative (VSR) GS-7 position (no degree required)
Active Duty/ Free
POC: Madonna May (760) 725-6517;


7-week Energy & Communication Tower Technician Course held at Ft. Irwin, CA. (Billeting provided)
Active Duty Enlisted / Uses GI Bill
POC: Eric Aliste (760) 222-6508;

Transitioning Service members will have the option of selecting one or more two-day individual Training Tracks aligned with their personal goals: Accessing Higher Education, Career Technical Training and Entrepreneurship.

Accessing Higher Education Track – Register here

The Accessing Higher Education track is for those pursuing higher education. It assists Service members in identifying the education requirements that support their personal goals. This track focuses on topics such as how to achieve academic success, how to research and compare institutions, and how to finance higher education. After completing the Accessing Higher Education Track, Service members will be prepared to complete an application to an accredited institution, schedule a session with a counselor from an academic institution, or meet individually with education counselors, as needed.

Career Technical Training Track – Register here

Please note that, despite the course title, this workshop is not limited to technical training.  Instead, the two-day workshop is centered on career exploration and development.  Service members take two excellent online assessments to discover their career interests and aptitudes (natural skills/talents).  Students then get detailed reports of recommended careers which match both their interests and natural abilities. They also receive guidance on how to interpret their reports and several tools to develop an individual career plan.  During the workshop, students explore:

  • Individual skills and interests that relate to their career growth 
  • Labor market conditions, including high demand occupations
  • Expected salary ranges at each career level
  • Career preparation programs (licensing or certification programs, technical schools, community colleges, apprenticeships, internships, etc.)
  • Available funding options

The workshop facilitator will provide one-on-one career guidance to each student during the workshop.  This is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Those who are unsure what they will do after transition
  • Those who would like to make sure their current career plan is a good fit
  • Anyone who just wants to explore more career options. 
  • Spouses are welcome **as well as dependent high school students (on off-school days).

Entrepreneurship Track – Register here

Service members pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sectors will receive information related to the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship and the steps required for business ownership through the SBA “Boots to Business”, Entrepreneurship Track. Once Service members have completed the Entrepreneurship Track, they will have developed the initial components of a business feasibility plan. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to enroll in an optional eight-week online entrepreneurship course, which helps them complete a business plan and connects them with a successful business mentor to assist Service members with the business start-up process.

 VA Benefits Advisors:

Available at Transition Readiness Facilities for one-on-one appointments regarding accessing and understanding your VA benefits. Call (760) 763-1845 to make an appt.

Medical Records Screening:

Walk-in services available at building 13150 (2nd Floor) for medical records to be screened by a representative from the DAV, VFW or VA in preparation for you to file a VA disability claim with the VA.
Hours are 7:30am-3:30pm daily.

File your VA Disability Claim:

Once your records have been screened, you can file your VA disability claim. Walk-in to building 13150, from 0800-1530 daily.
VA Offices in Building 13150: 760-385-0416

Vet Centers:

Locate the nearest Vet Center to you

Manage your VA benefits at:


Access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans 24/7 at:

1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)

Additional Downloads

Individual Transition Plan
Department of Labor Participant Guide

Access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans 24/7 at
1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)

Helpful Websites – All things VA on this portal to manage your earned VA benefits. – To speak with a fellow veteran who knows what it means to serve and can connect you with the help you need, Simply call 211. Veterans Association of North County (VANC), located in Oceanside, California, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by a group of dedicated veterans to empower other veterans, members of the military, and their families by providing needed support and resources.


Employment Assistance – America Job Center locator. They provide priority service to Veterans for career services. – Department of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs Official Website for national, state and local resources for Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Active Duty and their family members and caregivers

Veteran Employment Center — An integrated employment tool to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce. – Department of Labor official website – Explore information on civilian careers and related training.


Entrepreneurship – Department of Veteran Affairs Official Website – Provides information for Veteran business owners about VIP verification, registering business in the Secretary’s Database of Veteran business owners, easily identify for procurement opportunities and more – Small Business Administration Official Website – SBA provides small business owners assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital, Entrepreneurial Development, Government Contracting, & Small Business Advocacy – SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. See more on SCORE’s Veteran’s Fast Launch Initiative


Housing Information / – Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program – VA Homeless Veterans Community information web page


Transition Readiness Program

Bldg 13150 – View Map

Marine & Family Programs HQ

(760) 725-6324

Transition Readiness Facilities

Bldg 1339 – View Map

Leatherneck Lanes (Near the Base Theater)

*Check in here Monday morning for TRS at 0645


Bldg 1101 – View Map

Mainside Center


(760) 725-4360

Career Service Center

Bldg 13150 #308 – View Map

Mainside (Marine & Family Programs HQ)


(760) 725-4199

MCCS Camp Pendleton