If you’re a military spouse, the My Career Advancement Account or MyCAA scholarship program can help you to train for a portable, in-demand career. Funded through the Department of Defense, MyCAA has promoted military spouses’ career growth for a full decade, and it continues to expand horizons.
MyCAA funding is available to spouses of active-duty service members, Reserve Components members, and National Guard members. The military sponsor must be in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, or O-1 to O-2.
Your spouse must be on Title 10 military orders when you apply for funding, and you must be able to complete your coursework while your spouse is under these orders.
A MyCAA scholarship gives eligible military spouses up to $4,000 in financial assistance for focused career training.
Because MyCAA is career-focused, approved programs prepare students for career fields that are in-demand across the country. This includes licensure and certification programs in growing fields like healthcare and IT.
The MyCAA scholarship can make it easier for military spouses to build and grow careers. Because approved MyCAA programs target highly portable fields, a military spouse can launch a career in one place and keep advancing professionally—even if they have to move long-distance.
According to a study published in 2018, military spouses who participate in the MyCAA program are more likely to be employed and have higher annual earnings, compared to eligible spouses who don’t participate in the program.
The study also showed that participants are more successful when they attend private certification-based schools like MedCerts. These programs tend to get people into the workforce faster, an important component for busy military families.
With a MyCAA scholarship, you have up to 12 months to complete an associate degree course or 18 months to finish a license or certificate program.
MyCAA doesn’t allow exceptions to the timeframe, but there are allowances made if you’re unable to finish a course successfully the first time around. You can talk to a career coach and develop a plan to try again, even if you’ve already reached your annual funding cap.
As you choose from approved MyCAA course providers, look for one that offers strong student support and the flexibility that military families need. At MedCerts, all of our courses are fully online and our support professionals are there to help you succeed every step of the way.
MedCerts has a wide variety of MyCAA-approved courses available, including:
You can start any of these programs with no related experience. Each one is also stackable, so you can return later and advance your skills to boost your career.
MyCAA helps military spouses to expand their career prospects. You have up to 18 months to complete your study, but with MedCerts, you could be ready to certify and start working in less than half that time.
Talk with a MedCerts advisor today and learn more about what you can do with a MyCAA scholarship.