I would absolutely encourage military personnel to use their GI Bill benefit. You’ve earned it and it’s worth using.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2012
Military members who have just returned home from Afghanistan or anywhere throughout the world are eligible to enroll in the more than 30 certificate programs approved for veterans education and military spouse benefits through San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies. These programs allow all active duty service members, veterans, and eligible family members to use their educational benefits to obtain training in numerous career fields.
Chris Menzie is a perfect example of someone using these benefits to his advantage. After spending six years in the U.S. Navy and being discharged, he turned to the GI bill and education for his return to civilian life.
Menzie enrolled in the Digital and Social Media certificate program through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and is thankful to have done so. Earning the professional certificate led to his current occupation of working in public affairs for the Veteran’s Administration San Diego Health Care System.
“I learned a lot about social media from the military, but I also needed to take a look at what the civilian world was doing and prepare myself with the newest, latest and greatest trends,” he said. “I learned the tools I currently work with in the (certificate) program. The courses gave me a better way to do things and make it faster.”
Naval Capt. Dennis DuBard wondered what would transpire after serving 30 years, a big decision since he flew helicopters and drove ships. His next step brought him to General Dynamics/Nassco, a company that builds ships for the Navy.
Since his current job requires project manage¬ment work, he decided to see if any university offered a project management program to further his skills. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies was a great fit with its Professional Certificate in Project Management program.
“I would absolutely encourage mili¬tary personnel to use their GI Bill benefit,” he said. “You’ve earned it and it’s worth using. Continuing your education and earning certificates and anything that can help you succeed in the future, given this economy and market, should be the path taken.”
The SDSU College of Extended Studies Veterans Affairs Office was created to serve the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Programs are available to those still in the service as well as those who have completed their duty, and include certificate programs, career training programs, degree programs, and professional skills courses.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) assists military spouses in obtaining training and education in a high-demand, portable career by providing $4,000 over a two-year period for educational benefits. SDSU offers certificate programs in the following approved fields: construction occupations, educational services, financial services, health care, hospitality, human resources, meeting and event planning, and the technology industry.
To determine eligibility, visit MyCAA’s Web site at: https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/MyCAA/. For questions about the MyCAA benefit and SDSU’s certificate programs, email rturner(at)mail.sdsu.edu, call (619) 594-3047 or visit http://www.neverstoplearning.net/military. Classes are available either online, 24/7 or on-site at SDSU. Most SDSU College of Extended Studies on-site classes are held in the evenings, to better accommodate work and family schedules.
SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to the greater San Diego community, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning classes, seminars, and certificate programs. Career advancement courses are offered in many areas of management, leadership, and quality improvement while self-enrichment courses range from accounting to web design. Additionally, the College offers over 50 certificate programs, online courses, and many other learning opportunities. To register or for more information, call (619) 265-7378 or log on to http://www.neverstoplearning.net