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As one of only a few approved MyCAA schools, ICOHS proudly provides military spouses with hands-on learning for exciting careers across the information technology and wellness fields. Learn about the requirements necessary to qualify for MyCAA financial assistance and get started on an exciting career.

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Career Training for Military Spouses Covered by MyCAA Grants

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 in financial assistance for career training to eligible military spouses. 

This aid can apply to licenses, certifications, national tests, or associate degrees needed to pursue an occupation or career field. Career Step will also include a laptop for MyCAA military spouses signing up in programs that include ebook textbooks.*

* Not all programs have ebook textbooks.

Who Qualifies for the MyCAA Scholarship?

Spouses of active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, or National Guard/ARG service members in pay grades E-1 to E-5, O-1 to O-2, and W-1 to W-2 are eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition, the MyCAA Scholarship helps eligible spouses qualify for portable career fields across the United States.

Who Does Not Qualify for MyCAA?

MyCAA benefits do not extend to military spouses who are:

  • Married to service members in pay grades E-6 and above, W-3 and above, and O-3 and above. 
  • Members of the armed forces currently on Title 10 orders
  • Legally separated (or under a court order or statute of any state or U.S. territory) from a member of the armed forces on Title 10 orders
  • Married to a National Guard/reserve component military sponsor in a Warning Orders/Alert, Post Deployment/ Demobilization or Transition Status
  • Married to a member of the Coast Guard
  • Unable to start and complete coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 orders

Which MyCAA Program is Right For You?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports dramatic increases in employment across information technology and healthcare services. With MyCAA tuition assistance, spouses of active duty service members will receive training in these in-demand fields. 

Military spouses interested in our information technology programs can decide between our IT Systems Administrator or IT Network Specialist certificate programs. We also offer training programs in professional massage therapy and holistic health.

Information Technology Careers

ICOHS College offers certificate programs to prepare students for careers as IT network specialists or IT systems administrators. Program participants will receive classroom learning and hands-on training in the information technology field. 

With the support of our experienced faculty, they’ll acquire the skills needed to install, configure and repair PCs, Cisco routers, and switches. They will also learn how to secure operating systems and combat malware, viruses, and worms. 

Healthcare Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Massage Therapy field is expected to grow by 23% from 2012 to 2022. ICOHS college offers fast-track programs to prepare students for careers as massage therapists or holistic health practitioners. 

Students will be prepared for careers across various settings, including massage therapy clinics, spas and resorts, cruise ships, fitness centers, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices. 

MyCAA Program Requirements

To qualify for a MyCAA scholarship, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • All recipients must be part of the military community and married to active duty service members in either the  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or National Guard on Title 10 orders.
  • All recipients must be married to service members within pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2.
  • All recipients must complete coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, as reported in DEERS.
  • Members of the National Guard and Reserve Components Spouses are also eligible so long as they fall within the ranks of E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2.

MyCAA Benefits

The MyCAA Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (this does not include associate degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration). 

The scholarship also covers costs for obtaining a license, certificate, or certification at an accredited college, university, or technical school within the United States or an approved testing organization that increases employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.

Students will receive employment readiness counseling from a career coach to identify expanded career choices and opportunities along with the necessary support resources. This may include childcare, transportation, books, computers, equipment, supplies, and more. 

Spouses will also enjoy employment assistance by way of referrals. In addition, MyCAA spouse participants who have completed their programs of study using MyCAA funding will be connected to military-friendly employers, including the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, USAJOBS.gov, CareerOneStop.org, and Blue Star Families Blue Star Career Center.

Check out our post for more information on MyCAA Benefits.

How to Apply

Read the list below to learn how military spouses can apply for MyCAA:

  1. Create a MyCAA account on the MyCAA website
  2. After the account is approved, browse approved MyCAA career fields and certification programs
  3. Find a school that satisfies your interests and offers MyCAA approved programs
  4. Create an Education Training Plan (ETP) – career coaches are available to help if needed
  5. Apply for MyCAA financial assistance
  6. Work with your selected school’s advisor to complete the application process

Visit www.careerstep.com or call 1-855-817-2601 for more information on the application process. 

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Why Choose Us

ICOHS College in San Diego is a MyCAA approved school and offers programs in Holistic Health, Massage Therapy, and Information Technology. Request information about our academic programs and scholarship for military spouses by emailing us at admissions@icohs.edu. You can also give us a call at 858.581.9460 Ext: 8001

FAQ

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program applies to career fields ranging from aerospace, animal services, education, hospitality, homeland security, education, construction, and more. 

The program also provides coverage for skilled trade positions, including cosmetologist, journalist, barber, aesthetician, and designer. 

The MyCAA Scholarship can be applied to any academic institution that has been approved for participation in the program. The scholarship can be used to pursue licenses, certificates, certifications, or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high-demand, portable career fields.

You should get a response regarding your MyCAA approval status within ten days of submitting your application.

MyCAA cannot be applied to bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degrees, so you won’t be able to use the scholarship to pursue additional education or credentials.

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