SOC CTE Resource
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) in partnership with DoD and the Military Services developed a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resource list that highlights short-term educational credentials, which can be completed during the first enlistment contract. Completion of a certificate program in one of the selected career clusters can help servicemembers with the transition into the civilian labor market after military service.
A full listing of vetted CTE certificates is available on the CTE Certificates page.
The six career cluster designations, all with bright employment outlooks for job seekers include:
- Business Management & Administration
- Health Sciences
- Information Technology
- Emergency Management Services and Homeland Security within the Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster
- Electronics Engineering Technology within the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Benefits of Pursuing a CTE Certificate
There are many benefits for a servicemember seeking to complete educational credentials other than an associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Certificates offer a short-term pathway (15-30 credit hours) to gain a credential for civilian employment while enhancing skill sets and knowledge in support of your military occupational specialty.
- Certificates can be a stand-alone educational credential or stackable, serving as a building block for an associate or bachelor’s degree.
- SOC’s CTE certificates link to career pathways with bright employment outlooks (as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor O*NET predictive data).
- Institutions and certificate programs appearing on the CTE Resource list have been carefully selected based on program requirements determined by the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Programs Division/Chief.
- Participating institutions agree to recognize and award credit for military training and occupational experiences, as appropriate to the certificate.
Servicemembers in active and reserve components, including National Guard, are eligible to use the CTE Resource list as a decision tool in preparation for transitioning from the military.
Servicemembers using military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds are eligible to enroll in a certificate from SOC’s CTE Resource list in preparation for transitioning from the military. Visit your education counselor before enrolling to obtain approval and a degree plan.
SOC’s CTE certificates are also approved by the State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Affairs education benefits. You can use your GI Bill education benefits to fund your certificate program while enlisted in the military or opt to continue the program as a civilian after transitioning from military service.
If you have questions about SOC’s Career and Technical Education Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org