Armed Forces Education Funding Opportunities On-Line

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship

MyCAA Fire Up Your Future

Many of our courses lead to nationally-recognized certifications, ensuring our students possess the adequate skills, no matter where they are. 

According to SECO* "Hundreds of thousands of military spouses have been hired by the Military Spouse Employment Partnership since June 2011. Partners include hundreds of companies, nonprofits and federal
agencies".
 



Helpful External Key Program Resources:

To speak with a certified Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) Career Coach, call 800-342-9647 if you live within the continental United States. Military spouses located overseas can call collect to 703-253-7599 or find international dialing instructions for your specific location on Military OneSource International Calling Options.



Who Utilizes MyCAA Funding?

  • 92% female
  • 18-24 average age
  • Some college but no degree
  • Army spouses utlize much more than Navy/Air Force
  • Are looking for entry-level careers
  • 1 in 5 eligible spouses participate
Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Public Opinion Strategies Survey of 1,274 spouses of active duty military service members.  Source: RAND National Defense Research Institute: Advancing the Career of Military Spouses An Assessment of Education and Employment Goals and Barriers Facing Military Spouses Eligible for MyCAA - By Esther M. Friedman, Laura L. Miller, Sarah E. Evan.


Special Announcement (03Feb20) Immediate Release - NDAA Expands Military Spouse Scholarship
"Military spouses now have more flexibility to use the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship to pursue education and professional credentials. The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act expands the program to help pay tuition up to $4,000 for a license, certification or associate degree to pursue any occupation or career. As long as the military spouse, school and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career coach work together to define a clear career path, called an education and training plan, the funds can be applied.  Previously, MyCAA could only be used toward 13 defined fields and 170 careers."


If you should have any questions, submit a request or contact us through:
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Community Outreach - Career & Professional Education
MyCAA Technician - Danell Reilly
Phone: 361-825-5751  E-mail: continuing.ed@tamucc.edu
Office Hours:  0800 - 1700 hours (CST)
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.   

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.
Visit AF COOL site for details.   
[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

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.

Gain professional recognition for your training and experience.

[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.   Navy COOL
How is Navy COOL organized?  
Funding Option 2.  Lean Six Sigma
GoLeanSixSigma.com has selected academic partners throughout the US.  We are one of five institutions to offer this program.   
How Does it Work?  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 to provide regional and national certifications that match Navy COOL requirements.
Credentialing Assistance (CA)

Meet Baseline Standards for Certifications

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)

More programs to come.