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SOC DNS News

SOC DNS Call for Programs Spring 2017

posted April 3, 2017

Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education is pleased to announce a call for new degree program applications to become a part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS). In response to extensive input from the Services, DoD launched an effort to make the DNS more reflective of high-demand occupations and workforce trends. Accordingly, SOC is actively reviewing degree programs for network development in an array of emerging career fields.

View the announcement letter from Dawn Bilodeau, Chief, DoD Voluntary Education.

View the list of degree programs in the SOC DNS Call for Programs, listed on the SOC DNS Membership page.

April 2017 Edition of SOC DNS Dispatch Now Available

posted April 3, 2017

The April 2017 Edition of the SOC DNS Dispatch has been released and is available for download from the Publications section of the SOC website.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

posted January 31, 2017

The Horatio Alger Association, along with support from the Association for Career & Technical Education, and the American Association of Community Colleges, will be awarding 1,020 scholararships of up to $2,500 each to qualified individuals to put toward the pursuit of a technical certificate or degree. In order to qualify for a scholarship, individuals must:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Applications may be submitted beginning March 15, and can be submitted online at application.horatioalger.org.

SOC CTE News

SOC Career and Technical Education Call for Programs

posted May 5, 2017

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) has issued a Call for Applications for SOC’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The SOC CTE program seeks to identify certificate programs offered by degree-granting institutions that recognize and build upon military training and occupational experiences. SOC is coordinating this program on behalf of servicemembers, with the focus being to help the servicemember transition into the civilian labor market after military service.

The application period for the CTE Resource list is now open for certificate programs in the following selected Career and Technical Education Career Clusters:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The deadline for applications is June 12, 2017, and only certificate programs that are closely aligned with the above identified career fields will be accepted at this time. Applications may be submitted online via the SOC website.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

posted January 31, 2017

The Horatio Alger Association, along with support from the Association for Career & Technical Education, and the American Association of Community Colleges, will be awarding 1,020 scholararships of up to $2,500 each to qualified individuals to put toward the pursuit of a technical certificate or degree. In order to qualify for a scholarship, individuals must:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Applications may be submitted beginning March 15, and can be submitted online at application.horatioalger.org.

SOC Program News

SOC Career and Technical Education Call for Programs

posted May 5, 2017

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) has issued a Call for Applications for SOC’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The SOC CTE program seeks to identify certificate programs offered by degree-granting institutions that recognize and build upon military training and occupational experiences. SOC is coordinating this program on behalf of servicemembers, with the focus being to help the servicemember transition into the civilian labor market after military service.

The application period for the CTE Resource list is now open for certificate programs in the following selected Career and Technical Education Career Clusters:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The deadline for applications is June 12, 2017, and only certificate programs that are closely aligned with the above identified career fields will be accepted at this time. Applications may be submitted online via the SOC website.

SOC Welcomes New Director

posted February 15, 2017

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges welcomes new director John R. Ballard, Ph.D., who assumed leadership of the organization in February following the retirement of Dr. Kathy Snead in December, 2016. Dr. Ballard will also serve as the new Vice President for Military and Veterans Partnerships for The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Prior to accepting his new positions with SOC and AASCU, Dr. Ballard served as dean of the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates.

In accepting his appointment, Ballard said, “Our military and veterans exemplify all the best in America’s rich diversity and great potential, as do the public higher education institutions that comprise the AASCU membership; I am proud to serve both in their efforts to help make Americans more competitive and effective in today’s increasingly demanding global economy and ever more interconnected society.”

Ballard began his career as a Marine infantry officer and has commanded at the company, battalion and group levels in both the active and reserve components. Ballard commanded Marines, Soldiers and Sailors in combat in Iraq, and was subsequently awarded several military decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal, for his service during the War.

Ballard has also served in faculty and academic leadership positions at various higher education institutions around the world, including service as a dean in three different institutions. He is the author of numerous journal articles and six books.

Ballard earned his B.S. at the United States Naval Academy, his M.A. at California State University, Dominquez Hills, and his Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America.

Other News

VA-ACME 11th Annual Symposium - March 2017

posted December 15, 2016

The Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA-ACME) will hold its 11th Annual Symposium in Virginia Beach, VA , at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center from March 28-30, 2017.The event will kick off on Tuesday, March 28 for the Military Job Fair and Education Expo, followed by two days of training.

Further information will be made available on the VAACME website-

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