The goal of the Military Spouses Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD), is to prepare eligible military spouses to have a career of their own by offering up to $4,000 of funding assistance. The MyCAA program is meant to be the catalyst that encourages eligible spouses to pursue education and ultimately employment, in one of the portable career fields. Schools are paid directly for coursework and exams taken by approved participants.
MyCAA Program Eligibility Requirements
The MyCAA funding is only available to spouses of active duty or Title 10 Selected Reserve servicemembers as reported in DEERS, in the lower grades of enlisted, warrant and officer. Specifically, the authorized grades are:
– E1 through E5;
– W1 and W2;
– O1 and O2.
Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post Deployment status are not eligible.
Each participating spouse is authorized up to $2,000 per year with a maximum amount of $4,000 over the course of their two-year program. However, they may take up to three years to complete their approved two-year program.
Eligible spouses can use the MyCAA program to earn:
– associate’s degrees;
Health Care Certifications
One of the portable career fields with a promising future is healthcare. Many schools offer Health Information Systems Administration programs that prepare you to take the following certification exams:
– Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
– Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
– Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
– Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
– Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 (MOS 2010)
Once certified, you have both validated your competency in the health information systems field and be recognized as a Nationally Certified Allied Healthcare professional.
If you are not eligible for the MyCAA program, but you have Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred to you from your sponsor, you can use that funding for healthcare information systems training and certification too. If you don’t have transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, then you may want to apply for the various scholarships offered to military spouses.
Nationally Certified Allied Healthcare professionals are in high demand regardless of stationing, so you should not have trouble finding employment as you move from one military installation to the next. Prepare yourself for success tomorrow by getting trained in the health care information systems career field today!