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Education is a huge topic in the military community… and with good reason. (Not only that, but as a former high school teacher, and now as a university instructor, it’s near and dear to my heart, too.) According to Department of Defense statistics, 84% of military spouses have completed some portion of college. That’s actually higher than the national average. However, only 25% have been able to complete their entire bachelor’s degree… and only 10% have an advanced degree. You all know the issues that military families deal with — moving, deployments, trainings, moving again… those impact the ability to complete your education, too.
However, there are a lot of educational benefits and supports for military families– it’s just a matter of taking advantage of them!
A new program, The Edge CCT, from Home Front Alliance offers military spouses, military members, and military kids a higher education research tool that combines social media with a search engine. To date (and to my knowledge), there is not another program like it that is free and comprehensive.
I took the program for a spin so I can share my thoughts with you. Here’s what I really like about The Edge CCT:
First of all, the program does not work with for-profit colleges and universities. That means that you don’t have to worry about predatory organizations who are more concerned about capitalizing on your Post-9/11 Bill benefits. (Believe it or not, this is a bigger problem than you might think.)
All universities and colleges are represented in the search returns– not just companies that have partnered with the program. In addition, you will only receive personal contact from schools that you first contact. You won’t be bugged or annoyed by any schools preemptively.
If the school has a veterans’ affairs department or contact, the information is available on their profile page– so you can directly contact someone in the school. (John has worked with the veterans’ affairs specialist during his master’s work, and it has made the world of difference when it comes to scholarships, scheduling, and dealing with the unique needs that military families deal with. Make sure you make use of that resource.)
The brief snapshot of the school’s requirements, majors, and other pertinent information puts everything in one place so you can make a shortlist of schools that meet your needs. (It beats going through every website and finding all of the information that is spread throughout it.)
The search function also has a veterans’/military information section that you can use to filter results, as well.
If you’re thinking furthering your education– or you know someone who is– start your research with The Edge CCT. Try it out and tell me what you think!