Why are so many military spouses not taking advantage of their MyCAA scholarship?
If you are like most military spouses, you may not be aware it exists. According to a recent study done by Rand Corp, more than half of the MyCAA eligible military spouses are unaware of the program.
An article on militarytimes.com goes into details of the survey regarding military spouses’ awareness and perceptions of the program, along with employment issues and more.
There is no argument that military spouses face challenges when it comes to finding employment, but the cost of education and childcare and significant factors as to why military spouses also may not be pursuing additional education.
MyCAA is a DoD scholarship that provides up to $4,000 for eligible military spouses to be used for career training.
The money can be used for a MyCAA-approved certification, license, or associate’s program. Spouses of active duty service members (or reservists on Title 10 orders) ranked E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 are eligible.
When the MyCAA program was first implemented, it was open to all military spouses for a variety of educational programs. With so many spouses utilizing the program, the DoD was overwhelmed and budget constraints caused the program to be shut down. New eligibility and course restraints were put into place in order to allow the program to function again.
The Major Group works with our accredited education partners, Tyler Junior College and Texas A&M, to provide MyCAA-approved certification programs.
We have over 80 programs in a variety of industries, all offered 100% online and at your own pace.
- The courses take about 3-6 months to complete and are designed to work with the military spouse’s lifestyle.
- Students accrue no out-of-pocket expenses, with the cost of the course, national certification exam, and books loaned to you included.
According to Rand Corp, less than one-third of military spouses who had approved education and training plans actually completed their course.
The Major Group wants to ensure you have all of the resources you need to be successful from the day you begin enrolling until you get hired.
Getting certified in a highly demanded career will help ensure you are able to find quality employment. Some of our programs include clinical externships, which are optional but highly recommended in order to help our students gain real life work experience after passing their exam.
It is clear that not enough eligible military spouses are aware of MyCAA, and we are here to help change that.
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