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Spouses to Teachers Program Finds New Home

A new career program that provides up to $6,000 for a military spouse's education and training has been expanded Army wide.

The DoD is partnering with schools and other agencies to support military spouses in pursuit of education, training, licensing, credentialing and employment in high growth, high demand portable careers.

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Program has absorbed the "Spouses to Teachers" initiative. Spouses to Teachers was such a successful pilot program that the Department of Defense has now expanded.

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program was piloted for at least a year at 17 military installations. Though Fort Jackson was not part of the pilot, its families, along with thousands of others across the Army, will now have access to the program, which is managed by the Department of Defense.

The pilot program offered funding up to $600 for licensure or certification, but under MSCAAP, spouses will have access to funds up to $6,000 for education and training for teacher certification.

Currently, there is no set period or deadline for when spouses have to use the funds in their Military Spouse Career Advancement program account. The funds can be used for educational training and certification. However, they cannot be used for the purchase of computers, application fees, graduation fees, child care and parking and transportation fees.

In addition, spouses should bear in mind that only certain schools are designated to participate in the career advancement program and that tuition is paid directly to those educational facilities.

The aim of this DoD program is to provide a worthwhile opportunity to military families and help them plan for their future.

Spouses who are interested in the program should visit the Military OneSource website to submit an application. The Department of Defense will review the profiles of each spouse applying for benefits and determine eligibility. Once deemed eligible, the spouse will be assigned a Military OneSource career and education counselor. The counselor will help the spouse select a career or field of interest, school and program to attend and arrange for payment of tuition.

Consultants are available to provide career and education guidance for active duty military spouses.

For information regarding this program, call 1-800-342-9647.

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