Deciding to start a new career is exciting and empowering. When you realize that the field you want to enter is in demand and provides opportunities almost anywhere you go, it’s a big deal.
It’s an even bigger deal when you find a way to fund your education. MyCAA is a great program that offers scholarships to many approved training programs, all of which are geared toward portable careers.
You might have heard of MyCAA before, but you may not understand exactly what it is or be aware of all its perks.
What Is MyCAA?
MyCAA is a government-sponsored program that offers financial assistance to military spouses who want to train for new careers.
Eligible spouses can use MyCAA funding to pay for any educational or training program that leads to licensure, certification, or degrees. MyCAA is available to all spouses of active-duty service members in eligible pay grades. Spouses of active and reserve National Guard members are eligible as well.
Signing up is simple. Just start a MyCAA account to check your eligibility and connect with a rep from the approved school you want to attend.
The Best-Known Perks
As a workforce development program, MyCAA offers up to $4,000 in financial assistance. That $4,000 is a scholarship—not a loan—which means two things:
You get the money free and clear, and you can put it toward any approved training program. Approved programs focus on preparing students for high-demand, portable careers—the kinds that have jobs available across the country.
Many military spouses are used to finding new jobs wherever they go, sometimes needing to switch fields and industries with every move. This is where MyCAA makes a difference. It lets you start a stable and long-term career that you can take with you wherever you go, so you don’t have to start from scratch every time.
The Most Underrated Perk
Of all perks that MyCAA promotes and that people talk about when they refer to the program, there’s one that’s not so well-known:
With a MyCAA grant, you could get an education and pay nothing out of pocket.
The key is to find a training provider that offers programs in the field you want to enter. That’s where MedCerts comes in.
MedCerts offers dozens of programs in fields like healthcare, IT, manufacturing, and machining. Every program is linked to a nationally recognized certification, and many cost $4,000 or less. Career training with MedCerts could cost you nothing if you fund them using a MyCAA scholarship.
All of these careers are in growing fields and have opportunities available across the United States and beyond.
If you take the time to find the right program, MyCAA can get you started in a new, portable career at no cost to you. In as little as a few months, you can prepare for certification in an in-demand field like healthcare or IT.
There isn’t just one kind of person so there shouldn’t be just one way to a better future and career. We’re pioneering higher education and the workforce system to create better opportunities for everyone.