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Boeing Military to Civilian Success Program

At Coastal Carolina University

The Military to Civilian Success Program is a career transition and leadership development program for veterans, active duty military, and spouses of active duty military or veterans. The program, which began in 2019, is offered by Coastal Carolina University with generous financial support from Boeing.  The program is highly individualized and includes a detailed self-assessment of leadership strengths and weaknesses, the establishment of a personal development plan, and personalized coaching so that veterans will be able to understand how their skills will translate to different settings. During the program, participants will receive the latest information about techniques to succeed as a leader, practice the applications of techniques through case study and role play, and discuss how to transfer learned skills to the civilian workplace. Specific session topic areas include: understanding leadership, understanding yourself; using power and influence; negotiating; performance management; and working in teams.

Facilitators include experts in both veterans' transition to the civilian workforce as well as experts in organizational leadership. The program is led by Barbara A. Ritter, Ph.D., dean of the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University, and Erika E. Small, Ph.D., interim dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University.

Participants who successfully complete the entire Boeing Military to Civilian Success Program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Executive Development Programs at CCU. After awarding of the Certificate of Completion, program graduates will have access to additional services through the Office of Career Services at CCU.

  • Erika Engel Small, Ph.D.
    Interim Dean, E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration
  • Ashley Nance '13
    Director of Veteran Services
    Jackson Student Union B203-C

Schedule and Formats

The Military to Civilian Success program is now offered in two formats.

In-Person. The in-person format consists of a two-hour orientation, typically on a Friday evening, and five development modules of 1.5 hours each, on the following Saturday. In these sessions, participants can expect to engage in discussions, activities, and cases and assessments. The program culminates in two hours of one-on-one coaching, scheduled individually between participant and coach. The majority of sessions will occur on the Coastal Carolina University Conway campus, although remote locations in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown are also possible on an as-needed basis.

Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person sessions are not currently being scheduled. We hope to resume in-person sessions as conditions allow. Please check back for updated dates.

Online. In order to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to reach veterans, active military, and veteran/military spouses who are unable to attend in-person sessions, we now offer a Virtual Military to Civilian Success Program format. This version of the program still consists of an orientation and five development modules. However, this format is designed to allow participants to complete the program at their own pace. Each content session requires participants to prepare by reading and/or watching videos relevant to the topic of that session, watch the facilitator’s presentation on the topic, complete an activity (such as a discussion question or a short case) and submit it online, and complete a quiz about the topic. After completing the content sessions, participants will schedule one-on-one coaching with a facilitator.

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Boeing grant to fund veterans transition program at CCU


All veterans or retired military and active duty military/Guard/Reserve in South Carolina are eligible for the program, as are their spouses and dependents. Participants are recruited from and by the CCU Office of Veteran Services and the CCU Veterans Alumni Association. Other organizations that will partner with CCU in recruiting and publicizing the program include Horry-Georgetown Technical College Veterans Affairs, the Department of Veterans Affairs Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Development (S.C. Works), Horry County Veterans Affairs, and local and regional American Legion Posts.


To get started, all you need to do is complete the Application. Once you are enrolled in a cohort, you will be asked to do the following:

  1. Complete a survey prior to beginning the program.
  2. Complete the program (in person or online).
  3. Participate in one-on-one coaching.
  4. Complete a survey 9-12 months after finishing the program.

The information that we ask you to provide (about employment and goals) both before and after the program is very important for us to demonstrate to Boeing, our sponsor, the outcomes of the program.

We thank the Boeing Corporation for their gracious contribution that will assist up to 60 veterans or spouses of veterans enrolled in the Boeing Military to Civilian Success Program.