Guardsmen and Reservists face many challenges while juggling full-time careers, duty commitments, family obligations, and the pursuit of education and professional development goals. Well, here’s a little help. Did you know that you’re eligible for no-cost education programs offered by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, better known as “DANTES?”
DANTES programs can save you time and money, thereby driving your academic and career success. Did you also know that statistically individuals with a college degree earn a significantly higher salary than those without? Guardsmen and Reservists are no exception. A focused effort on your education can lead to both civilian career and military advancement opportunities. The following DANTES programs are available to you either free or they may be funded or reimbursed by DANTES — and can shorten your time to degree completion.
College and Career Planning
Kuder Journey provides an intuitive career planning system designed to address your individual skills and interests. The career planning process starts with learning about yourself through research-based interests, skills, and work value assessments to provide optimal career satisfaction. With Kuder, you will receive a personal career plan customized with options for future career occupations, counseling to help plan the next steps, and recommended pathways for your education success. The Kuder Journey program is a motivational tool that eliminates wasted time and money on unnecessary classes that may not fit into your suggested and optimal career path. Visit www.dantes.doded.mil/EducationPrograms/PrepForCollege/Kuder.html for more information.
Academic Skills Training
Need help in math or writing? No worries. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about a third of American students require remedial education in reading, writing, and math skills. Students need to have the necessary knowledge and skills in math and English to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing postsecondary coursework or job training without the need for remediation. In the military, strong academic skills are also necessary for training and advancement in every occupational field.
The Online Academic Skills Course is designed to prepare you for college level coursework by improving your skills in English, language arts, essay writing, and college-level math. This will help to avoid the extra time and tuition costs associated with taking non-credit bearing, developmental courses too. Visit www.dantes.doded.mil/EducationPrograms/PrepForCollege/Refresher.html for more information.
College Comparison Tool
Thinking about going to college, but you just don’t know where to start? That’s okay. Here’s a tool to help. TA DECIDE was created to help you choose the right school for your needs and goals. It’s online and easily accessible, with thousands of colleges to choose from. Each school has been vetted by the Defense Department to ensure quality and value for your time and money. Plus, all schools are eligible for military tuition assistance (TA). When a college has already met quality-driven criteria and is eligible for TA, you can’t help but save time and money. Visit www.dantes.doded.mil/EducationPrograms/choose-right-school/tadecide.html for more information.
College Admission Exams
Ready to start college? Many colleges require students to submit test results as part of the college admission application process. These tests may also be required for entry into an officer accession program or military-sponsored academy. DANTES pays for college admission exams, including the ACT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. If reimbursed by DANTES, the cost savings ranges from approximately $40 for the ACT to $250 for the GMAT. Visit www.dantes.doded.mil/EducationPrograms/enter-college/undergradexams.html for more information.
College Credit by Examination
How would you like to get college credit for information you already know or military training you just completed? DANTES Credit-by-Exam program allows you to earn college credit by demonstrating the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained. By taking College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) exams in a variety of subjects, you can receive college credit that can be used towards a college degree without sitting in a classroom for weeks. DANTES funds both exams for you when taken at National Test Centers located around the world. Save money and cut the time it takes to earn a degree. Visit www.dantes.doded.mil/EducationPrograms/get-credit/creditexam.html for more information.
Military Training and Experience Evaluations
Here’s another way to use what you know from your past training and military experiences to get college credit. The Defense Department partners with the American Council on Education (ACE) to translate military learning experiences into comparable civilian postsecondary college credit. The Joint Services Transcript capitalizes on your knowledge by documenting your occupational experience and training. This information is translated into ACE-recommended college credit. The “credit for prior learning” can be used to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete degree requirements and may serve as a guide for developing resumes or career portfolios. Visit www.dantes.doded.mil/EducationPrograms/get-credit/creditmilitary.html for more information.
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