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Career Transition Options: Higher Education without the Classroom?

Many military to civilian career changers consider attending a college upon leaving the military. And why not, the unemployment and salary figures all support this as a generally good idea for finding a satisfying, well-paid career. Of course it takes time to complete a degree and money also. What's more, many students (adults in particular) with a LOT of life experiences and true knowledge (veterans, this must ring a bell) show up in class and think, "I know all of this."

Well now, if that's what you think, you have the chance to prove it at the University of Wisconsin. Here is what has happened: Wisconsin is now offering Bachelor's Degrees to students who can prove competency. How do you prove competency? A series of online tests! Wisconsin calls it the UW Flexible Option, and we call it a big opportunity for transitioning veterans.

Find out more at the article and the Wisconsin site.


4 Types of College Grants for Veterans

If you are a military service veteran, you can apply for college grants for veterans to get assistance to fund and complete your college degree. There are different sources from where you can get these grants. Before you apply for any grant you must decide on the following points:

  • The type of degree that you want to complete
  • The list of colleges where you can study

It is only after you have confirmed these two points should you move ahead with searching for the funding sources.

Types of grants

1. Grants from Private Organizations

  • Private organizations can offer college grants to veterans who seek to improve their employment skills by improving their education. You would have to display financial need and also that you have exhausted other sources of educational support from the government.
  • You would be required to have minimum qualification, usually a high school diploma or you must already have been enrolled in a college program.
  • You may be required to write an essay mentioning the ways in which the grant will help you enhance your career.

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Career Transition Resources: Online Job Training Courses

Some things we find are too good not to share. Today's post is about one of those 'too-good-not-to-share" things: the Alison job training courses online - and free! ALISON stands for "Advance Learning Interactive Systems ONline" and that's exactly what you'll find there. Do you need to learn about contract law? or brush up on your French? if so, Alison can help. 

By the way, if you think there is a lot of great advice on the blog, you should check out Twitter too (@careersearcham), where we are constantly sharing good tips and advice! 


Grants and Scholarships For Veterans

You've served your country, now it's time to see what Uncle Sam can do for you. Well when it comes to getting your college degree, he can do a lot. There are millions of tax-free dollars available to veterans and their dependents, consider it a thank you for your service. The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and many states offer programs to help vets pay for college. There are also millions of dollars available in scholarships and grants for members of the military.

The best known military education program is the Montgomery GI bill, or MGIB. The bill became law in 1944 under President Roosevelt. Since World War II the bill allowed more than two million veterans to attend college. The GI bill provides monthly benefits for active duty service members, reservists and veterans. To qualify you must have served at least two years on active duty and have your high school diploma or the equivalent. The GI bill pays for 36 months of education benefits, an estimated $40,000 value.

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The GI Bill - Don't Forget About It

Some programs for veterans have been around for so long it's worth occasionally reminding everyone that they are out there, available, and able to do a lot of good for veterans moving toward their transition out of the military. Today we're highlighting one of those programs: The GI Bill.

We could give you a bullet-point list of why it's often beneficial for vets to further their education and all of the specific benefits of the GI Bll to help veterans with college expenses. But sometimes it's just as effective to share stories of veterans who have found transition success utilizing the GI Bill. So, in that spirit, we're directing you to a story from The Dallas Morning News and giving you a teaser quote below.

Since the bill took effect in August 2009, almost three-quarters of a million vets and their dependents have used the program to pursue some form of higher education.

We added the emphasis above, because it's important to remember that these benefits can extend to others as well.

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