For active military and veterans, it’s a wise move to keep informed of new educational developments at the Department of Defense and in Congress. Changes can affect your benefits and resources. Often these are good news, and some recent announcements are no exception.
One is the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program’s virtual education fair on August 11 at www.dodeducationfair.com.
Running from 8am to 6pm EDT, the name aptly describes the event. Participants will have access to some great resources, such as educational counselors and financial aid and Post 9/11 GI Bill experts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
There will be representatives from the continuing education departments of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard, as well as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Participants can also learn more about the Troops to Teachers program that helps military personnel start new careers as public school teachers. In addition, you can talk to people about DoD COOL credentialing, a program that provides certifications that can help document for civilian employers skills you’ve learned on active duty.
Separately, a collaboration between the DoD, military services, and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) has created a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) list of educational resources, according to Military.com.
The CTE Resource list was developed to assist military education counselors, academic advisers, and servivcemembers with identifying career and technical education pathways to civilian careers with positive growth potential. While the certificates are stand-alone education credentials that can assist servicemembers with employment options upon leaving the military, all selected certificates are stackable and can be fully incorporated in associate or bachelor’s degrees offered by the institution, if the servicemember desires to further his/her education in the career field.
There are 119 listed certificate programs that fall into half a dozen general career areas:
- Business management and administration
- Information technology
- Law, public safety, corrections, and security
- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Transportation, distribution, and logistics
Exploring educational options for active personnel and veterans is imperative. You won’t be in the military forever and will need to build a civilian life. That includes a career that can both give you the money you need and also provide a sense of satisfaction and usefulness.
The DoD and separate military branches have a wealth of resources for your future. Knowing what they are at any given time opens a toolbox that can only benefit you and, indirectly, your family.
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