Armed Forces Education Funding Opportunities On-Line

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship

Military Spouses

Use your MyCAA benefit to earn industry-certifications that are transferable and portable across multiple moving stations.

Maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their portable career goals. 

Each spouse must request MyCAA financial assistance (FA) on a course-by-course basis. FA must be requested no more than 60 days prior to the course start date. 

To help you pursue gainful employment in a portable MyCAA approved career field and occupation of your choosing, follow these few steps:

Step 1 - Prior to requesting My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) financial assistance (FA), work with us to develop an Education and Training Plan (E&TP) for you. 

Step 2 - Before any funding can be approved, you will upload the E&TP (PDF format) through your MyCAA Account for review. 

Step 3 - Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program staff will review the plan.  

Note: Decisions on the approval or disapproval of these plans can take up to 14 calendar days and may require the spouse to consult with a SECO Career Coach.

SECO Rule: "Length" rule states "courses may not exceed 12 months (18 months for certificate programs)". 

Step 4 - You will receive a notice through your MyCAA account when your plan has either been approved or deferred.   

Step 5 - Our MyCAA Technician will retrieve the FA document from the AI Portal and review for errors before enrolling you into the online program.  

Step 6 - Complete an Enrollment Request Form.

If you should have any questions, submit request for information or contact:

Danell Reilly
MyCAA Technician | Program Specialist
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
361-825-5751  continuing.ed@tamucc.edu

 

Helpful External References:

My Career Advancement Account Scholarship  

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls with MyCAA

SECO YouTube (This video is geared towards Military Spouses and Service Members. There is a large scope of services offered to military spouses to assist them as they identify and navigate a career path while being required to relocate often in support of their service member spouse.

 

Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

Air Force

It is a one-stop for airmen to explore credentials recognized by the civilian community that can enhance airmen's current performance in their Air Force job as well as help prepare for civilian employment.   Visit AF COOL site for details.   

It allows active duty enlisted Airmen to obtain unlimited primary 5-skill level AFSC related credentials. Also, the program offers leadership/management credentials for SNCOs. 

It can be used to:

  • Get background information about civilian licensure and certification in general and specific information on individual credentials including eligibility requirements and resources to prepare for an exam.
  • Identify licenses and certifications relevant to Air Force Specialties
  • Learn how to fill gaps between Air Force training and experience and civilian credentialing requirements.
  • Learn about resources available to Airmen members that can help them gain civilian job credentials.
 
[TAMU-CC Career & Professional Education is partnered with Ed2go|Cengage Learning and World Education to provide regional and national certifications that match AF COOL requirements.]

Army

Gain professional recognition for your training and experience.

Army COOL helps Army Service Members find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs. Use COOL to get background information on credentialing and find detailed information on:

  • Credentials related to an Army Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 

  • Credential requirements and potential gaps between Army training and civilian credentialing requirements 

  • Resources available to fill gaps between military training and civilian credentialing requirements

The Army, DOD, and VA are working with traditional and non-traditional training sites (schools, trade schools, corporate entities, tech organizations, and others) to meet the growing needs of training career ready military members as they transition. CA = Credentialing Assistance.

You do not necessarily need to pursue credentialing, but having a credential may still give you an advantage.

COOL vs CA (Credential Assistance)

Army COOL focuses on MOS match transition and mapping. 

  • Currently, CA does not.

Army COOL focuses on outside funding for certain credentials.

  • Currently, CA is the funding.

Army COOL is an advising tool for all (soldiers, institutions, credentialing agencies, employers, etc.).

  • CA is a tuition benefit for the soldier.

 

[TAMU-CC Career & Professional Education is partnered with Ed2go|Cengage Learning and World Education to provide regional and national certifications that match Army COOL requirements.]

Navy Sailors | Marines | Civilians

OPPORTUNITY 1

Funding Option 1.   COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line)

Who can use Navy COOL?
Sailors and Marines
Civilian Personnel
Education, Career and Transition Counselors
Recruiters
Reach out to your base ESO.

Funding Option 2.   Lean Six Sigma

GoLeanSixSigma.com has partnered with ed2go* to promote Lean Six Sigma training for the Navy to select academic partners throughout the US. We are one of two institutions in the Central US to offer this program. Talk about credibility!  
How Does it Work?   Register  Please confirm with your education counselor that this is a certificate program. If so, it does not need to be approved by the VA to get funded. 

OPPORTUNITY 2

Lean Six Sigma Yellow | Green | Black Belt Training & Certification  Student Guide and FAQs
[TAMU-CC Career & Professional Education is partnered with Ed2go|Cengage Learning and World Education to provide regional and national certifications that match Navy COOL requirements.]
Credentialing Assistance (CA)

Credentialing (CA)

The Credentialing Assistance (CA) program allows Soldiers to formally associate their training and experience to a wide variety of industry-recognized certifications, which in turn will enhance the professionalism of service and better prepare Service Members for eventual post-military employment.

The military services encourages agencies to attain accreditation of their certification programs as it will help ensure that the credential programs utilized by service members have met a baseline standard.

We have the following career training programs that are National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited:   

  • NASM Performance Enhancement (exam voucher included
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation (voucher included)
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer + Corrective Exercise (exam voucher included)