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Certificate Programs That Leverage Your Military Training

The nursing field has gotten ever tighter, meaning higher-level degrees are helpful in getting jobs.
The nursing field has gotten ever tighter, meaning higher-level degrees are helpful in getting jobs.

The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), in partnership with the Defense Department (DoD) and the Military Services, has developed a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that includes a Resource List to help identify credit-bearing certificate programs offered by degree-granting institutions that recognize and build upon military training and occupational experiences. The program identifies certificate programs representing specific career pathways for six CTE fields that were selected by the DoD as civilian career options with positive growth potential for service members.

The current Resource List includes 33 colleges and universities that offer 119 certificate programs. The certificate programs are offered via traditional classroom delivery, online delivery and hybrid platform. If you have experience in any of the following areas, your training may be able to take you further than you expect. If you would like to pursue a career in any of the following areas, your military service and professional training may be beneficial as well. At the very least, it is worth checking out, as you prepare for your future within the military or as you separate and pursue a civilian career. The six CTE career clusters include:

Business Management & Administration – This area focuses on careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. Certificates and degrees are available in the following specific career pathways:

  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management

Health Sciences – This areas helps service members looking at careers that involve planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information, support services, and biotechnology research and development. It consists of the following two separate occupation pathways and specific careers within:

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician

Healthcare Support Occupations

  • Dental Assistant
  • Endoscopy Technician
  • Health information Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Records
  • Phlebotomist

Information Technology – This areas focuses on entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. This cluster consists of the following career pathways:

  • Information Support & Services
  • Network Systems
  • Programming & Software Development

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security – This cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. It consists of career pathways in:

  • Emergency Management Services
  • Homeland Security

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics – This cluster helps military members planning on a career in scientific research, professional and technical services in physical science, social science and engineering, to include laboratory and testing services, as well as research and development services. It currently consists of one pathway:

  • Electronics Engineering Technology

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics – This cluster is for members looking to plan and manage the movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water. It also incorporates other related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. Specifics career pathways consist of the following:

  • Logistics Operations
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Transportation Operations
  • Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations

For more information on the CTE certificate program available to service members, go to http://www.soc.aascu.org/career-and-technical-education

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