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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


Warriors to Workforce Program

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Warriors to Workforce Program (W2W) is a 10 month program that offers Veterans an opportunity to transition into a new career in the federal government by applying their military skills and experiences to the Contract Specialist field.  The program focuses on transitional support, mentoring, professional development, and foundational career training activities.  Interns complete the program as a cohort, fortified by a built-in support system that mirrors the team environment and camaraderie that they experienced in the military.  These relationships create a foundation for a lasting professional network throughout their career.  After successful completion of the program, interns advance to the two-year Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) which equips them with the skills and experiences they need to become full-time Contract Specialists.  Through the W2W and AIP programs, Veterans are taught in-demand skills and competencies which allows them to continue serving their country as civil servants.

W2W Program Highlights

Interns are hired as GS-5 federal government employees.  The curriculum includes four main components; Business Education, Professional Development, Peak Performance Training and Mission Service.  The Business Education component provides the necessary college credits to meet the positive education requirements to enter the Contract Specialist (1102) career field as well as the foundational knowledge to thrive professionally.

Interns who successfully complete the W2W Program are converted to GS-7 Contract Specialists and matriculate to the AIP where they learn the essential technical and professional competencies for contracting professionals (including the requisite training for both the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Levels I and II Certification) in an experiential learning environment with real-world work scenarios.  Upon successful completion of the AIP, interns are strategically infused into the Acquisition workforce to meet the needs of federal contracting organizations throughout the country.

Creating a career path for our warriors, and upholding Lincoln's promise...'to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widown, and his orphan' by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

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