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One Stop Shop, for career transitions at Beale

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Craig Grays, Disabled Veteran Program outreach specialist from the Yuba County One Stop, sits with Staff Sgt. David DeSantis, 69th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ground communications support system technician, June 27, 2019, Beale Air Force Base, California. The Airman and Family Readiness Center provides different career outlets for transitioning Airmen through their Transition Assistance Program. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Taylor White)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Finding a job can be stressful for anyone. It can be especially stressful for an active duty member separating from the military, or a dependent who is relocating.

Designed to help overcome this seemingly daunting task is Career One Stop, a career advisory tool that works closely alongside the Airmen and Family Readiness Center on Beale Air Force Base, California helps eliminate this stress for veterans and their families by providing classes, such as the Transition Assistance Program.

Funded by the Department of Labor, Career One Stop has varying locations across the United States. They provide training for veterans who may be looking to jumpstart a new career, create a resume, or even complete interview preparation for their transition to the civilian workforce.

Carianne Huss, Employment Development Department manager from Yuba County One Stop talked about why teaming up with the A&FRC is so important towards their common goal of helping veterans.

“The great thing about our partnership with the A&FRC is veterans don’t have to walk out the gate and find us on their own,” Carianne said. “We couldn’t do our job successfully without being invited to come to the A&FRC and do this work with transitioning service members.”

During their TAP briefing, Airmen receive a one-on-one meeting where they are briefed on the Career One Stop shops in the area they may be relocating to as a civilian.

The program can also aid the military permanent change of station process for family members through the Dislocated Worker Program. As a spouse of a military member, dependents may be granted the same eligibility for job opportunities as their spouse.

 “Single income households can put more stress on the military member,” said Ashley Whitecotton, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing community support coordinator. “Having the ability to have a program in place that provides help to bolster that income and help your spouse find not only a job, but a career that is portable, can be a relief to the member and their spouse.”

The Yuba County One Stop has enrolled 368 veterans searching for jobs this year with an average of 2,000 customers in their offices weekly. A major way the veteran community learns of the opportunities available to them is through Career One Stop’s frequent visits to Beale.

For more information on how you can get involved with Career One Stop, visit https://www.careeronestop.org/