Hey there fellow military wives,
I feel like sometimes we are so busy holding down the fort that we forget to pay attention to ourselves. There are so many opportunities out there for us as military wives, which sometimes sounds like an oxymoron because of how many opportunities we have to turn down.
Now that we are stationed in Europe and I have WAY too much free time on my hands, I’ve been doing a lot of research because this is the perfect opportunity for me to further my education, learn new skills, have more hobbies, etc. One of the biggest opportunities that I’ve found so far comes from MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts.)
I’m sure quite a few of you have already heard about this opportunity but there are so many spouses that I’ve talked to who have never heard about this amazing service.
“The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields, and occupations. Spouses may use their MyCAA funds at any academic institution approved for participation in the MyCAA Scholarship.”
There are unfortunately restrictions, the scholarship is only eligible to spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve component in these same pay grades
Note: The MyCAA program does not include Coast Guard spouses.
How cool is that? I already have my associates degree and am half way done my bachelors. But I could think of SO many different certificates that I could get that would help me professionally. There are even programs such as cosmetology that maybe you want to do one the side as a hobby that this scholarship would pay for.
I’ve just recently talked to Meghan, a fellow military wife and advisor at Martinsburg college which is an online college predominantly for the military community. They offer programs in fields such as Health Care, Medical Administration, Security, Business & Professional, Information Technology, and Digital Technology Integration. They offer both associates degree programs and certification programs. Feel free to get in touch with Meghan if you have any questions about these programs, or if you need help getting started.
If you already have another college in mind, or you want to pursue a path that they don’t offer, you can check out: https://www.careeronestop.org/ to find out more information.
If you know of other opportunities for military spouses please share in the comments! Let’s help each other strive ❤