Career Learning and Employment Center for Veterans, Inc., d/b/a Operation: Job Ready Veterans

Bridging life's transitional gaps for Veterans, service members, and military families.

aka Operation: Job Ready Veterans   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  http://www.ojrv.org

Mission

MISSION: Bridging life's transitional gaps for veterans, service members and military families. VISION: Through sustainable programs and job readiness resources, we positively impact one person, one business and one community at a time. OJRV serves any veteran, Service Members and National Guard and Reservists. Our staff, many of whom are veterans, has developed an effective approach to assisting veterans who are seeking employment and career opportunities in the civilian workforce. We take a hands-on approach from individual coaching sessions to small group workshops and training sessions, support and assistance to remove barriers to employment. •Customized Career Education and Preparation Services •Customized Employment Recruitment •Employment Support Services

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Gene Anderson

Main address

9130 Otis Avenue, Suite A

Indianapolis, IN 46216 USA

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Formerly known as

Crane Learning and Employment Center for Veterans

EIN

80-0729214

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs projects that by 2025 more than one-third of a million veterans will call Indiana home. Nearly 50,000 of them will be less than 40 years old, and another 125,000 veterans will be between the ages of 40-64. In total, approximately 175,000 individuals will leave the military while still of the age at which they would be expected to—and financially need to—remain in the workplace. The statistics are clear: There is a growing need for services geared toward transitioning veterans into the civilian workforce after their time of service. (Sources: National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, VA Veteran Population Projection Model, VA Geographic Distribution of Expenditures, VA Annual Benefits Report, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey from 2017)

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

VETERAN EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SEMINAR (V.E.T.S.)

Transferring from military to civilian workforce can be challenging. The OJRV team of experts support and assist clients in discovering their career clusters, interests and transferable skills. We guide veterans in developing a cutting edge resume, strategies to successfully navigate the job market and train them to effectively utilize social media in your search.

Our one week comprehensive, developmental and empowering seminar prepares veterans to re-engage the job market. The seminar outline includes Assessments, Coping with Change, Advanced Resume, Research and Networking and Interview Preparation.

This seminar ends with Employer Meet and Greet.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

In addition to our longstanding and impactful VETS program, we also hold First Impressions Workshops. This workshop is a three-hour event held multiple times per year. During each workshop, our highly skilled and experienced OJRV instructors will provide one-on-one and group interviewing demonstrations, healthy living techniques, and professional attire opportunities.
In a group setting, participants are able to observe experienced professionals being interviewed, learn their techniques, and hear helpful modifications and corrections provided by supportive and knowledgeable human resources professionals.
Following the interviewing sessions, a final but impactful portion of the workshop provides each individual the opportunity to establish a professional image in preparation for real-life interviews. All attendees are provided pre-interview haircuts and beard trimmings along with interview-appropriate attire at no cost to them. These services, which are made possible through community partnerships, instill personal confidence and provide a well-groomed professional appearance for attendees.
The goal of this workshop is to provide interviewing knowledge, skills, and techniques while building each individual’s confidence to sustain job search endeavors and achieve desired employment and career goals.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

We also have a three-day version of our longstanding and impactful VETS program. Our Three-Day VETS course will specifically focus on transition, resume writing, and mock interviewing.
The goal of this seminar is to minimize the time for clients who do not have significant transitional barriers to employment while also offering a reduced timeframe for those underemployed who are seeking a career change.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

In 2019, we received feedback per the “End-of-Course Evaluation” at our Veteran Employment Transition Seminar (VETS) that noted participants desired more in-depth knowledge in interviewing and applying for federal careers. To address the needs of our clients, we have also launched a specialized, three-hour workshop only addressing federal resume writing, performance-based interviewing, and USAJOBS profile development. Through our partnership with Indiana Veterans Affairs Regional Office of Human Resources, a federal resume expert will facilitate workshops focusing on federal resume and USAJOBS profile development.
This workshop is critical to those who want to maintain federal employment and who have transitioned out of the military with less than 20 years of service. By acquiring a federal position, attendees can continue their federal service time for retirement benefits.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

We create self-sufficient veterans by removing barriers to employment and providing specialized one-on-one services to help them obtain sustainable careers.
Grant funding allows us to provide these key services and more:
• Transition plan development
• Career interest and work value assessments
• Career coaching
• Resume assistance
• Federal resume support
• Cover letter guidance
• Job search assistance
• Networking strategies and introductions to potential employers
• Interview preparation and coaching
• Strategies for successful onboarding
• Employment readiness training
• Placement and retention support
• Social media utilization
• Other assistance as needed to remove barriers to starting employment, such as providing uniforms, equipment, and transportation vouchers
We see and serve a wide variety of needs among the individuals we serve, and each person’s individual needs and barriers to employment are unique. We strive to make a difference in the communities we serve by removing those barriers and providing necessary support, one person at a time.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Unemployed people

The Virtual Veterans Employment Transition Seminar (VETS) is a streamlined version of our in-person VETS course.
The four virtual course modules include
1. Value Proposition Statement
2. Transition Skills
3. Civilian Resume Development
4. Interviewing Skills

Each module is led virtually by our Employment Transition Managers in a two-hour time block. An hour and a half are dedicated to instruction, followed by thirty minutes for questions and answers.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Employer Support Freedom Award Nominee 2014

Secretary of Defense

National Employment Service Award 2006

American Legion

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Unemployed people, Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after completing program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Unemployed people, Families

Related Program

VETERAN EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SEMINAR (V.E.T.S.)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are both to grow this program so that it serves and benefits more military-connected individuals and to strengthen our organization as a whole in the following service areas:

• Comprehensive, targeted employment transition seminars that include complete skills inventories, career interest, and work values assessments, individualized resume services, networking strategies, tools, and employer introductions as well as interview preparation and rehearsal sessions. Our veteran employment transition services are available and can be delivered on a regular, consistent basis statewide (and beyond).
• One-on-one life coaching that concentrates on identifying and resolving the transitional issues affecting all facets of veterans, service members, and military families’ lives. This coaching provides linkage to applicable resources and benefits for housing, health care, income support, and sustenance.
• Support for veterans with disabilities, ensuring that appropriate workplace accommodations are in place.
• One-on-one and group career coaching of veterans, service members, and military families, providing ongoing assistance with clarification of occupational, career, and educational goals; introduction to appropriate employment opportunities; follow-on customized job placement services.
• Direct support services and resources to assist program participants in overcoming barriers that prevent access to the training and employment opportunities otherwise available to them.
• Connection to government and commercial hiring managers, educators, mentors, and service providers via our networking connections on the federal, state, and local levels.
• Tracking qualified candidates to provide qualified job seekers to employers.
• Providing individualized job placement assistance via internal job boards as well as through partnerships with career placement providers.
• Guidance and assistance to employer management teams, college and university career counselors, and other stakeholders regarding the unique skills, abilities, experiences, and attributes that veterans, service members, and military families contribute to the employer and the workforce.
• Education of veterans regarding their veteran benefits, both federal and state.
• Preparation, presentation, and prosecution of clients’ disability claims to the Veterans Administration (VA).

Our growth strategy moving forward is one of diversification. While grants and endowments will continue to play an important role in our programs, we have learned the importance of having multiple streams of revenue to ensure long-term viability and sustainability.
We have implemented a strategic marketing plan that focuses on corporate engagement and provides companies with a whole spectrum of sponsorship opportunities. We have rolled out a social media plan that reaches both prospective participants to our programs and potential donors. We created a targeted Day of Giving Campaign and are looking at crowdfunding possibilities year-round as well.
Standard operating procedures (SOP) have been implemented to allow for standardization of procedures among the Employment Transition Team. This is a significant implementation that will allow our organization to provide standardized services within all service areas. These SOPs have also provided an avenue for virtual management and oversight that will act as a tool to ensure our organization is staying on goals target.
We have also created guidelines for expectations of our Board of Directors in terms of participation and personal contributions. Moving forward, incoming board members will be aware from the onset that the role requires a personal investment of time and resources.
We know that a multipronged approach to fundraising is integral, and we are excited about the new revenue streams we are creating for OJRV. Those funds will mean a better quality of life for the military-connected individuals we serve.

We use our strategic plan to guide our organization, and we have highlighted several focuses for the year ahead.
Our Board of Directors has strong ties to the military-connected community and to our community at large. Our staff works with local businesses and corporations, community groups, and other service providers to connect employers with veteran, service member, and military family job seekers and to provide high-quality services and wraparound support to the individuals we serve as well as to their families. We see every introduction as an opportunity to educate, engage, and involve others in the work that we do.
OJRV has letters of support from the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue, the Indiana Chapter of AUSA, the Indiana Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Indiana, the Indianapolis Veterans Court, Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce, Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana, and the State of Indiana House of Representatives District 92. We work with the American Legion of Indiana, who trains and financially assists our staff to become accredited Veteran Service Officers. We have established new relationships with Carvana, National Construction Workforce, and Regions Bank, and we have strengthened relationships with Indiana-based employers, such as Department of Defense, Entrepreneur, Walmart, Ecommerce, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Sitel Group. During this same reporting period, we have continued to maintain relationships with Hines VAMC, Jesse Brown VAMC, Veterans Benefits Regional Office, St. Vincent Hospital, FedEx, UPS, and Amazon, among others, so that we can provide additional services and resources to all of our clients.
We are always seeking out and welcoming partnerships with individuals, community groups, and other organizations to broaden the reach and scope of our mission.

Grants Awarded
Renewed funding from the Call of Duty Endowment ($400,000) and the Lilly Endowment ($450,000) demonstrates that as funders see our program in action, they know that we deliver on what we promise and that military-connected lives are better as a result of our kept promises.
We are also honored to be grant recipients of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs ($65,499), the Judd Leighton Foundation ($15,000), the Greater Green Bay Foundation ($12,000), and the Alliant Energy Foundation ($2,500) in their most recent round of funding.

Organizational Growth
Through earmarked funding, we were able to hire two new recruiting and training managers, allowing us to expand and provide employment transition services to serve veterans, service members, and their families in Kentucky and Mississippi. Moreover, OJRV retained Powerhouse Planning, LLC for a third year to help with grant writing. OJRV has also continued with Gigabytes Guys a second year for IT support and technical consulting and with Circle City Digital to develop a digital marketing strategy.

Significant Partnerships
OJRV has created strong partnerships with MilitaryHire, RecruitMilitary – MOU, Loyal Veterans Battalion, Develop Indy, and Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network (HCWIN). By fostering partnerships with reputable organizations in our community, we continue to build increased opportunities for veteran, service member, and military family job placement and awareness of our mission and services in the community at large.

Financials

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Career Learning and Employment Center for Veterans, Inc., d/b/a Operation: Job Ready Veterans

Board of directors
as of 4/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Spanogle


Board co-chair

Wayne Black

Karlee Macer

Cathy Buyarski

Judge David Certo

Kimberly Bloodgood

Doug Gibbens

Stephen Goodan

Meg O'Grady

Dorothy Simpson-Taylor

Scott Willis

Roger Peterman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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