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At Earn Up, we salute you for your commitment and experience to serving our country and ensuring our freedom. There are a variety of resources that you can utilize in our Northeast Florida region. So, whether you want to leverage military skills and seek out an occupation that uses similar skills, attend school to learn something completely new, or start your own business, the sky’s the limit!
Through the personal leadership of our university and college presidents, the Northeast Florida Military Veteran College Network (NFMVCN) was created to foster a collaboration to ensure we fully support our military students. The NFMVCN decreases the barriers that prevent veterans from attaining their college degree, by providing information & solutions for military students seeking education and career help. This unique Network leverages the incredible value that veterans’ leadership, life experience and maturity bring to the educational environment on our campuses.
You may also be exploring civilian employment opportunities in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition is a one-stop shop for information on how to make a successful military to civilian transition.
Stay current with education, business and other veteran opportunities by subscribing to social media; the Vets 4 Vets Information Blast (contact Nila Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Times Reboot Camp Education - A Comprehensive site that provides essential information about education.
Northeast Florida Universities and Colleges
Transfer Military Service Experience to Academic Credit. Students who are or were eligible members of the United States Armed Forces may earn college credit based upon their military experiences, training and coursework acquired while in the military. It is critical to have your military experience evaluated to determine the academic credit you have earned to accelerate your attainment of a degree.
6 Tips for Vets to Succeed in College. College is a new environment and there are ways in which you can enhance your experience.
Benefits. As a Veteran you have earned significant education benefits and this page provides an overview of your benefits and the application process.
Training Opportunities. There are many education/training opportunities beyond the traditional four-year degree and we have provided a listing of these opportunities for vocational growth.
Successful Transition. Your transition to civilian life can be enhanced by learning from best practices.
Entrepreneurship. Veterans are at least 45% more likely to take the plunge into entrepreneurship than people with no active-duty military experience. Northeast Florida has a wealth of entrepreneur support and this page highlights regional, statewide and national entrepreneurial resources.
University of North Florida (UNF) is conveniently situated in a military friendly community, is an excellent school for veterans seeking support during their college journey. Through innovative programming and services, the university’s Military and Veterans Resource Center is determined to successfully transition students from combat to college by delivering tangible tools and services to optimize academic success leading to graduation and employment opportunity.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, non-profit higher education institution that offers a variety of programs and services. FSCJ has five campuses and six centers throughout Duval and Nassau counties including online classes globally accessed through Open Campus. FSCJ's Military and Veterans Service Center (MVSC) furnishes educational resources to further academic success, leading to a degree, certification or licensure and employment in a high-demand, high-wage career field.
Jacksonville University is a private university that has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges in the South" for 10 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. The University has been named one of the Top 50 Colleges for Veterans by Military Times, fully participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and provides a full Veterans & Military resource center helping all veterans or military personnel with furthering their education.
Edward Waters College (EWC), distinctively, Florida's oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state's first institution established for the education of African Americans. The College is a small, private, Christian, Urban, Liberal Arts College that offers quality baccalaureate degree programs. EWC strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs and an environment which emphasizes high moral and spiritual value in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Keiser University Jacksonville is a regionally accredited private career university that provides educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional and online delivery formats. The main campus is in Fort Lauderdale, with campuses located throughout the State of Florida and internationally. Through quality teaching, learning, and research, the university is committed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for successful employment. Keiser University is committed to helping Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families obtain their college degree. The University has received several accolades and recognition for our military program to include Best for Vets Colleges from Military Times.
St. Johns River State College founded in 1958, has built a solid reputation as a full-service college dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of its Northeast Florida district. With campuses in Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine, SJR State is truly the community’s college, enriching a diverse population of students ranging in age from 16 to 60. St. Johns River State College is dedicated to meeting the needs of its military students. Whether you are currently serving in the active military, National Guard, or Reserves, or if you are a former member of any of the Armed Services, the Office of Military Educational Opportunities welcomes the opportunity to speak to veterans and military family members.
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) campus in Jacksonville provides a personal touch to education. Nova Southeastern University has been actively supporting service members and their families for more than 40 years. NSU is committed to assisting veterans in taking advantage of their educational benefits and providing them and their families with opportunities for educational and career growth.
University of Phoenix (UoP) was founded upon the vision of making higher education more accessible for working professionals and those who have a full time commitment to work and family. UoP is a strong supporter of its military students, they offer military tuition assistance, education options that fit a military life style, and veteran educational benefits. UoP can help you earn a degree or continue your education whether you want to enhance your role in the military or your civilian career. Their military representatives are positioned to help you discover programs that are relevant for your goals and desired position.
Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) has a unique skills-based program that is student-centered. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, its programs are designed to advance students’ success in law school, on the bar exam, and in their careers. Coastal Law has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School. Program highlights include, LSAT Prep (with an acceptance guarantee program), AAMPLE (an alternative acceptance program), traditional three-year J.D., two year accelerated J.D., part-time day and evening J.D., and a new, Third Year at Home option. Coastal Law also offers the Yellow Ribbon Program, sponsors a Veteran’s Mentoring program, and has an active student-run Military Law Society that works to discuss the issues that affect the military today and to promote awareness of the relationship between Military Law, Civilian Law and International Law.
Transfer Military Service Experience to Academic Credit
Transfer Guide: Understanding Your Military Transcript and American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendations. Based on your military experiences and training, you may have college credit recommendations to apply toward a degree requirement or program of study. This guide is designed to help you obtain college credit for your military training and experience, whether you are an active duty service member or a veteran.
Valuing Military Learning: A Guide to Military Prior Learning Assessment and More. This guide is designed for servicemembers and veterans in the healthcare field to assist them in their transition into the civilian workforce by obtaining career credentials through prior learning assessment (PLA). The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) worked closely with the CAEL to produce the online guide which provides guidance for military personnel in applying and enrolling in college, obtaining college credit for military learning, and funding for their education. This guide was made possible by a grant from USA Funds.
To assist in assessing your military service for college credit, you should request a Joint Service Transcript (JST). JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations. It provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. As well as serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising service members and veterans. JST serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy work experience to civilian employers. And most importantly JST saves time and money by awarding your academic credits, giving you less tuition to pay and less time spent in the classroom. Visit their website for additional details.
The National Resource Directory (NRD)
NRD provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel, and many other resources.
How To Get Your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET)
The VMET website is sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide eligible service members a VMET document (DD Form 2586) on demand. This document allows Veterans and service members to easily transition from the military. The VMET data is a portion of a member's career history, which comes from a large database built over the years with data received from the four service's official personnel and training systems. This VMET occupational and training history data is matched to time-appropriate narrative descriptions to generate the VMET document.
RESOURCES FOR MILITARY SPOUSES
There are 3 categories for Military Spouses
Active Duty Spouse
Veteran Spouse and or Caregiver Military Spouse (A spouse who may be a caregiver can qualify for a lot of scholarships if their veteran is 100% disabled and can no longer work. The veteran can then give the spouse his veteran preference for work and scholarships for higher education. This isn’t including the G.I. Bill)
Additional scholarships that military spouses, children and survivors can apply for college
Folds of Honor: https://www.foldsofhonor.org/
Pat Tillman Foundation: https://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/
Program is great for a military spouse starting on his/her career and educational path. The region boasts success stories of 4 spouses hired from management to full and part time. They will be getting their Bachelor’s degree online from ASU for free. They can also transfer to work at another Starbucks when they PCS to another state.