By Joseph P. Cirone
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Funding is currently available to train or retrain DOD civilians, contractors and spouses to upgrade skills or develop new skills which can lead to a job or a new job.
With the exception of active-duty members, the funding, part of a $7.6 million grant, is available to personnel who were affected by 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) actions.
Personnel affected by BRAC, including those who became part of one of the joint military bases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and spouses who left a job to follow a military member or civilian employee of the military to a new location, may be eligible for career planning, assessment and counseling; placement assistance; financial counseling and other services.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), in partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES), is hosting a BRAC Education and Training Opportunity Information Day at JBAB’s Stewart Theater on Nov. 16. There, detailed information will be provided.
Two sessions, one at 10 a.m., the other at 1 p.m., are being held on that day and are open to all non-military personnel affected by the 2005 BRAC actions. Both sessions will be identical and are limited to the first 100 people who arrive. Reservations are not required, nor accepted.
Funding is not limited to residents of any specific city, county or state and is available for job skill upgrade, development or retraining, including up to one year to comple a professional certification or undergraduate degree; tutorials, books and fees, without regard to income level.
An assessment is conducted for each individual to determine what is funded; with an emphasis on skills leading to jobs in the Information Technology/Security, Health Care, Business Services, Green Technology, Hospitality, Construction, Retail and other high-demand employment sectors.
JBAB is one of 12 joint bases resulting from the 2005 BRAC recommendations and is the consolidation of the former Naval Support Facility Anacostia and Bolling Air Force Base. It is located just west of DC-295 Exits 1, 2 and 3. The Stewart Theater is closest to Exit 2 (Malcom X Boulevard and South Capital Street).