Did you know that not all colleges fully accept military training credits? What about CCAF, or Community College of the Air Force, credits?
I didn’t either!
WHAT HAPPENED TO ME
When I transitioned from the military in 2008, I was under the impression that:
Finding a job would be SO easy because of my military experience (I mean, that is what “they” tell you, right?)
That college would be a breeze because I already had so many transfer credits.
Unfortunately, like many transitioning military members find out, that was NOT the case!
Now, I did eventually find employment (after an entire year of searching), but it should have been so much easier, right?! I had a CCAF degree. Surely that should have counted for something?! Okay, I was wrong about that. My associate degree was an applied science in avionics, but I wasn’t looking for positions in the aircraft industry. I wanted to help people, not fix aircraft. I didn’t initially take into consideration that I needed to tailor my education to be more relevant to the industry where I was looking for employment.
So, I did what any prior service member would, and decided to go back to school. If I had known then what I know now, I would have done it completely different.
I knew I had the GI Bill benefits, but by the time I decided to go back to school, enough time had passed that I didn’t really remember all the ins and outs, how to apply, which bill to use since I qualified for Montgomery (Chapter 30) and Post-9/11 (Chapter 33), etc. It was a mess of Googling my way through it. My school was no help. That should have been my first red flag! It wasn’t.
Three years later, after taking accelerated, five-week classes back to back, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
Do you see the problem with that? 3 years! Accelerated classes! CCAF (60+ credits) already completed! Again, unfortunately, like many service members, I ended up in a for-profit education institution that did not recognize most, if not all, of my CCAF degree and military transfer credits. I basically started over. For nearly three years they collected my Post-9/11 education benefits, leaving me with eight days left of eligibility by the time I graduated.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I DID
That’s why I’m here - to assist you in making an educational decision that will move you forward in a meaningful way, maximize your military transfer credits, CCAF degree, and experience.
We work with regionally accredited, non-profit, top-ranked universities that have online programs, and will recognize all military training credits evaluated by ACE (American Council on Education) as well as CCAF credits.
YOU CAN COMPLETE YOUR BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN AS LITTLE AS 18 MONTHS
Choose from a variety of degree programs that give you prior academic credit for your military service:
Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership
BS in Intelligence and Security Studies
BS in Emergency Management
BS in Sustainability Management
BA in Sport Management
BS in Cybersecurity
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS?
Alison Garrow is Mission43’s Guild Education Advisor. Her role is to learn more about your goals, provide free advising to connect you with the right program, and ultimately help you apply and get started on your degree. Once in school, you will have a personal Guild Education Advisor who is your accountability partner to help you make it to graduation. This support is all free for Mission43 veterans and military spouses! Check out our M43 Education page for more details.
To get started, fill out the form below and Alison will reach out to you ASAP. Get started today!