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In Arkansas, thousands of people leave U.S. military service each year and start searching for their next job, and some face difficulty because their military skills don't always fit neatly onto a civilian career path. There's a new resource for them in Northwest Arkansas.

Transition Overwatch helps veterans make the transition from active-duty military to civilian work through its Military Apprenticeship Hubs.

Sean Ofeldt, founder and chief executive of Transition Overwatch, said the newest hub is in Fayetteville, one of four throughout the country to address the challenges of both veterans and employers.

"We have several different apprenticeship programs that are available to military members at no cost," he said, "and we've established what we call Military Apprenticeship Hubs or 'landing zones' at key locations across the U.S., with the goal of attracting military members into those locations when they transition out."

Ofeldt added that the organization aims not only to help people make the transitions to so-called "new-collar" careers, but also to help employers grow a more diverse local talent pool with the skills required for today's business demands.

Arkansas is the site of several military bases and training camps, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs said the state is home to more than 211,000 veterans. Ofeldt added that the unconventional apprenticeship programs are a grouping of different services that exist to benefit military members and companies ready to hire them.

"We then go in, we work with workforce development boards, economic development boards and similar, and really establish a local community or a local ecosystem of employers and partners that are willing to support military transition through apprenticeship," he said. "So, that's currently what we're activating in Northwest Arkansas."

Ofeldt said Transition Overwatch aims to help veterans who may be struggling to decide what they want to do for work, where they want to live, and how to acclimate to the civilian workforce.


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