Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)
525 Farragut Avenue, Suite 300
Building 26
Great Lakes, IL 60088

Phone 888-231-0714 ext. 129 / 847-688-3603 ext. 129
Phone (DSN) 792-3603 ext. 129
Fax 847-688-3213
Fax (DSN) 792-3213

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun - closed
Holidays - closed

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Employment Opportunities

Good employment opportunities exist but you may need to do a lot of networking and put together a good resume. Check out the community section of this website under salary comparison, community comparisons, and the job section for up to date information.

The Work and Family Life Skills section which includes Relocation Assistance Program, the Family Employment Readiness Program, and the Transition Assistance Program are a good stop for information on employment in the area and assistance with job search skills.

Employers are looking for veterans and military spouses to hire and we frequently receive announcements and emails from employers asking where to find you. To receive copies of these e-mails, follow the links below to sign up. This is not a commercial site or organization outside of the Navy. This "Google group" was set up to make the distribution of information easier and user friendly. If you have question, please call 847-688-3603 x127.

  • To sign up to receive job listings forwarded from the FFSC link: Google group
  • You may view the group by clicking the following URL: website

Other Useful websites:

  • Contractors served through the Great Lakes Project Office can be reached at: SERCO/Goodwill SEW, Bldg 2-B, Room 132, 847-688-6448; 847-688-6431; Fax:847-688-6455; Serco recruiting website.
  • Goodwill, P.O. Box 88-7210, Great Lakes, IL 60088, Telephone: 847-688-5898; FAX: 847-688-2117.
  • Zeiders Enterprises, Inc.,3421 Commission Court - Suite 101, Woodbridge, VA 22192, Phone: 703-496-9000 Fax: 703-497-0494. (Zeiders employs people on NS Great Lakes)
  • Navy Exchange Jobs: 1-847-578-6104/05
  • Commissary Jobs:2653 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL  60064 1-847-688-2644
  • MWR Jobs: Naval Station Great Lakes, MWR Personnel Office, 2601E Paul Jones Street , Bldg. 160, Great Lakes, IL 60088-2845; Phone: 847.688.2110 x103; Fax: 847.688.2787; DSN: 312-792.2110 x103
  • Integrity Management Enterprises Bldg. ,31 Great Lake, IL  60088, Phone Voice (847) 688-2170
  •  U.S. Navy, Human Resources Offices, 530A Farragut Ave., Great Lakes, IL  60088, Phone: 847-688-2222;

Employment Documentation

For job hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry all employment records and documents, resumes, transcripts, certificates and licenses either on computer disk or CD.

Transition Assistance

For your career transition needs, the FFSC offers guidance and training. These services are provided by our Work/Family Life Skills educators and consultants with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) provides current job information online and Job Fairs twice a year. To sign up for a class in Resume Writing or 10 Steps to Federal Employment and/or make an appointment to speak with a Work/Family Life Skills consultant, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 847-688-3603, ex 100, for the front desk.  

Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TAP Transition Assistance Program Class Dates For 2014

Class       # Dates              Class

717         22 - 26 Sep       Separation TGPS
718         6 - 10 Oct          Retirement TGPS
719         20 - 24 Oct        Separation TGPS
720         3 - 7 Nov           Retirement TGPS
721         17 - 21 Nov       Separation TGPS
722         1 - 5 Dec           Retirement TGPS
723         15 - 19 Dec       Separation TGPS
C014       30 Sep             CAPSTONE
C015       29 Oct              CAPSTONE
C016       24 Nov              CAPSTONE
C017       10 Dec              CAPSTONE
B006       17 - 18 Sep        Boots to Business
B007       12 - 13 Nov        Boots to Business 
E005       15 - 16 Oct         Higher Education

Transition GPS Program Workshops for 2018

Class       Date            Type
200         8-12 Jan        Retirement TGPS
201         22-26 Jan        Separation TGPS
202         5-9 Feb        Retirement TGPS
203         12-16 Feb        Separation TGPS
204         5-9 Mar        Retirement TGPS
205         19-23 Mar        Separation TGPS
206         2-6 Apr        Retirement TGPS
207         16-20 Apr        Separation TGPS
208         30 Apr - 4 May        Retirement TGPS
209         14-18 May        Separation TGPS
210         4-8 Jun        Retirement TGPS
211         18-22 Jun        Separation TGPS


Class     Dates     CAPSTONE

C006     21 Jan    CAPSTONE
C007     18 Feb    CAPSTONE
C008     25 Mar    CAPSTONE
C009     29 Apr    CAPSTONE
C010     27 May   CAPSTONE
C011     24 Jun    CAPSTONE
C012     29 Jul     CAPSTONE
C013     26 Aug    CAPSTONE
C014     23 Sep    CAPSTONE
C015     28 Oct     CAPSTONE
C016     23 Nov    CAPSTONE
C017    9 Dec       CAPSTONE

B004 11-12 Mar   Boot to Business
B005 10-11Jun   Boot to Business
B006 9 -10 Sep   Boot to Business
B007 9 -10 Nov   Boot to Business

E002 11-12 Feb   Higher Education
E003 13 -14 May   Higher Education
E003 12 -13 Aug   Higher Education
E005 14-15 Oct   Higher Education

T001 14 -15 Jan   Technical Training Track
T002 15 -16 Apr   Technical Training Track
T003 15-16 Jul     Technical Training Track
T004 30 Sep -1 Oct   Technical Training Track

If your transition date from the military is within a year (2 years for retirement), then see your Command Career Counselor, Training NCO or Officer, to get the ball rolling. Receive your Preseparation counseling, get a quota for the Transition GPS Workshop and start working on your Individual Transition Plan (ITP).
Following Transition GPS you may attend one of the additional workshops for you career direction:

  • Boots to Business - an introduction to what it takes to start your own business
  • Higher Education workshop - learn the ins and outs to choosing a school, applications and financing your education (GI Bill®, Scholarships, etc)

Once you have completed all of your preparations and have completed all of your Career Readiness Standards (CRSs), attend one of the monthly CAPSTONE events (sooner than 90 days before transition) to have your ITP Reviewed and Approved by a Transition Counselor and finalized by your Chain of Command for entry into your service record.

Visit our website at:
All transition classes are held in Bldg. 617 room 108
Contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at (847)688-3603
525 Farragut Ave, Building 26
Great Lakes, IL 60088


Unemployment Benefits

We work with the Illinois Department of Employment Securities for locating employment and for filing unemployment questions. They are located in Lake county at:

1 N. Genesee Street
Waukegan, IL 60085  
Phone: 847-249-2200  
Fax: 847-377-3450 

Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays. 

800 Lancer Lane
Grayslake, IL 60030 
Phone: 847-543-7400
Fax: 847-543-7465

Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays.

You can apply for unemployment Insurance both online or at one of the above locations. For more information you will need to check out their website or stop by or call the above offices.

Tuition Assistance

Contact Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) at 847-688-3603 ext. 129 or Navy College Center at 847-688-4681 ext. 216 for information on Spouse Tuition Assistance in the local colleges. 


For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.

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