Many military spouses want to further their personal career qualifications but stop short due to costs. I want to make fellow military spouses aware of the MyCAA program and help explain how to use the benefit. I am lucky that I completed my coursework and license before marrying into the military. We actually got married, Horatio departed for his next assignment, and I completed my student teaching so to not put a halt to my pursuit of my teaching certification. Many spouses aren’t able to do that and simply stop, sometimes mid course, in order to follow their partner all over the country and sometimes the world. Young spouses don’t have to do that.
MyCAA stands for My Career Advancement Account and it is a program with the goal of helping military spouses, married to service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve component in the same pay grades, who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders.
What benefits can MyCAA provide?
MyCAA will provide an education benefit of $4000 (up to $2000 per year) to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their portable career goals. Annual cap waivers are available for licensure and certificate programs if there is an upfront tuition cost that exceeds the annual $2000 maximum – up to the $4000 education benefit.
Career options are vast and include programs from the hospitality industry to education to homeland security. All you need to do is create an account for your personal MyCAA to get started. Don’t wait. The way I see it, when I’m facing a seemingly insurmountable task: time will pass either way, and when it does, I can have the task behind me, or in front of me. I prefer behind me.
Where can I use my MyCAA Benefits?
Martinsburg College is an institution that caters to military members, veterans and spouses. You can very easily use your MyCAA benefit at Martinsburg, and carry on with your studies no matter where your service member takes you. I’ve followed Horatio to new jobs as often as every six months, to as long as three years. Portable career education programming is key to this mobile lifestyle.
Martinsburg can help you close the skills gap to help you get ahead in your career, helping you get ahead in your current locale, and stay ahead as the military takes you across the country and around the world. They provide digital textbooks and even will lend a tablet for easy access to the textbooks, if necessary.
Nothing can replace one on one interaction with an instructor, and Martinsburg works hard, in unique ways, to make that happen for its students:
Students may access instructional support Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM – 11 PM, Fridays 9 AM – 6 PM, and Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM. It is not uncommon at many colleges to offer only a few hours of availability per week if that.
In addition if a student requires one-on-one and direct telephone or digital tutoring sessions the college provides those resources.
Time is a premium for everyone these days, Martinsburg can help you balance it all and make it work.
Martinsburg College is a great way for military spouses to utilize their MyCAA benefit. If you qualify, and are looking to increase your mobile career opportunities, then don’t wait. Research the options for course study and get going with it. You will not regret trying. They even have a facebook group for ongoing, real time, support.
The job of military spouse can be the hardest in the military, but it doesn’t have to be your only job. Do something for yourself for a change!
This post was sponsored by Martinsburg College, but the opinions expressed are sincere.