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September 29, 2015: Department of Defense Announces Opportunity to join new SOC Career and Technical Education Resource

DEAC is pleased to welcome a guest to our blog, Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey -Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations at Grantham University and President of the Council of College and Military Educators. Dr. Matthews recently chatted with Dr. Cropsey about a new opportunity for DEAC institutions.  Here’s a summary:

Did you know that the Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced the opportunity for institutions to join the Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resource? In alignment with DEAC’s mission to support educational pursuits in compliment to a career, this new resource will benefit service members (and supporting institutions) by identifying streamlined pathways to career and technical education.

Some figures estimate there are more than 2.3 million active service members nationwide that would benefit from this new educational resource for service members. The SOC Program is a cooperative civilian and military effort designed to link service members to institutions that provide high quality education while 1) maximizing the proper award of academic credit for military training and experience, and alternative testing, and 2) facilitating the transferability of credits, so service members can reach their educational goals and the goals of the Services.

All current DoD Technical Assistance MoU schools can apply to join the SOC Career and Technical Education Resource, however only certificate programs that are closely aligned with the following National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium career clusters are being considered at this time:

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

Programs selected for inclusion in the SOC CTE resource will reflect the needs of the military, have bright employment outlooks, and meet the criteria listed here. If your institution has certificate programs that you believe would be valued additions to the SOC CTE, please submit the program application by October 15, 2015. For questions about the CTE network or application, contact Sonja Ferguson at 800-368-5622 or fergusons@aascu.org.

We look forward to seeing everyone at DEAC’s workshop in Palm Springs and hope to see you at the CCME Conference February 15-19, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas! For more information go to www.ccmeonline.org.

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the informative post, Jeff! It’s good to see SOC’s demise was greatly exaggerated.

    I happened to notice that the Career Clusters listed at the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium site (http://www.careertech.org/career-clusters) include a broader list of categories than the six mentioned in the bullet point summary (Business Management & Administration, Health Sciences, et al)

    I wonder if inclusion in the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium qualifies a school/program for this new SOC list. Perhaps interested institutions should apply and find out whether their programs can be included.

    Gordon Drummond
    President
    Sessions College

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  2. Gordon, thank you for adding your thoughts. Keep in mind that the application deadline is October 15. It would be great to hear from other DEAC institutions on this development.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  3. Lou Schilt wrote:

    Spoke with Sonja directly as it relates to Programs that do not meet the initial clusters the DOD has mentioned above. Although any DoD MOU College can submit an application, only those Programs that meet the criteria above will be considered. There may be a 2nd call, but Sonja did not know when. She also suggested not to complete an application if your Programs do not meet the above “Clusters”, it most probably would get lost in the process.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:27 am | Permalink