Army Active Duty – Access OASC via DANTES OASC URL

As of June 21, 2013, all military branches, to include National Guard and Reserve, can access the DANTES Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) via the same URL: www.nelnetsolutions.com/dantes/.

Active duty Army personnel will no longer be required to contact their ESO/Military Education Center prior to registration to OASC. Active duty Army Service members currently using the course will access their course with their current username and password at the DANTES OASC URL. New active duty Army Service member registrants will no longer need an access code to complete their registration. They will select Army as their Service branch and select their installation at the registration on the DANTES OASC URL.

Active duty Army OASC Administrators are recommended to review the OASC administrator computer based training at: www.nelnetsolutions.com/admincbt/. All previous information and reports on active duty Army personnel registered in OASC has rolled over to the DANTES OASC URL and reports will be viewed at this same URL.

For questions on OASC, contact the DANTES OASC Program Manager at refpubs@navy.mil.

New SOC Pocket Guide available

The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) has released a pocket guide providing information on SOC programs to military students. The guide can be ordered from DANTES by education organizations that have a DANTES ID#.

Instructions on how to order DANTES reference materials or to obtain a DANTES ID# can be found at: http://www.dantes.doded.mil/Resources/Materials.html

To view the SOC Pocket Guide or other DANTES Partnerships reference publications: http://www.dantes.doded.mil/Resources/Materials_Partners.html

SOC - A Pocket Guide for College Outreach to Military Students

Stock Number: 2107

This brochure provides general information about Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree programs for Service personnel.

Intended Users: Service members, Education Centers, Colleges & Universities

Maximum Order: 5 per 3 months

VA ECs assist Veterans and Service members with employment

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Employment Coordinators (ECs), part of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, assist Veterans and Service members with
employment. There are 81 ECs located at 56 Regional VA Offices and many outbased locations, who reach out to Veterans, businesses, and organizations to ensure they are aware of employment services available to them. The ECs provide a wide array of employment opportunities through this program, to include:

  • Assistance with labor market information
  • Employer visits to obtain more information on job openings and leads
  • Employer education
  • Resumé development
  • Interview skills training
  • Job Resource Labs
  • Job coaching
  • Follow-up with Veterans and employers to determine any needs/accommodations
  • Ensuring www.VetSuccess.gov is up to date with employment opportunities. ECs also assist Veterans with service-connected disabilities with the following programs:
  • VR&E On the Job Training Program (OJT) – An employer can hire a Veteran at an apprentice wage and VR&E supplements the salary up the journeyman wage (up to maximum allowable under OJT).
  • VR&E Special Employer Incentive Program (SEI) - This program is used for Veterans facing extraordinary obstacles to employment. A Veteran is placed in an OJT or a work experience with an employer and VR&E can reimburse the employer up to 50% of the Veteran's salary for up to 6 months.
  • VR&E Non-Paid Work Experience Program (NPWE) - A Veteran is placed in a local, state, or Federal government office position. The placement does not count against the agency's Full Time Equivalent (FTE) openings and the agency does not pay the Veteran. VR&E pays the Veteran monthly subsistence allowance while the Veteran is participating in the program.

For more information, contact your local Employment Coordinator. Call 1-800-827-1000 and ask to speak to the VR&E Officer or go to www.vetsuccess.gov.

Executive Order 13607 creates the Principles of Excellence

Almost a year ago, on April 27, 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13607, designed to provide information to and protect Veterans, Service members, and their families when they
attend school. This Executive Order created the Principles of Excellence to help Veterans and their families make informed choices when using one of the most valuable benefits of military
service: the educational opportunities offered by the GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers Veterans, and potentially their dependents, the opportunity to reach an educational, vocational, or professional goal. The reliable funding of the GI Bill is good for business, and as a result some Veterans find themselves dealing with folks who may not be interested in helping them find the BEST program that fits their needs.

Institutions that agree to adhere to the Principles of Excellence are committing themselves to providing the information necessary for Veterans and their dependents to make the best
decisions regarding their educational future. These institutions agree to provide students with:

  • A personalized form covering the total cost of an educational program, pre-enrollment program costs, student debt estimates, and financial aid options
  • An educational plan (also called an academic plan) for all military and Veteran students
  • Accommodations for Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements
  • Designated points of contact for academic and financial advising
  • Accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students
  • Institutional refund policies aligned with those under Title IV

Another facet of the Principles of Excellence is the development of a centralized interagency system for military and Veteran students to register complaints about schools not complying with the Principles. This system is a collaborative effort between VA, the Department of Education, and the Department of Justice along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This will help identify and address fraudulent activities, aggressive and deceptive recruiting practices, as well as other illegal or improper activities.

More than 6,000 schools have agreed to participate, and the list continues to grow. Go to www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/Principles_of_excellence/poe_list_2012.html
on the GI Bill website to search for schools that have signed on to be Veteran advocates. Potential student Veterans should be aware of the schools that have signed on, and are encouraged to choose a school that has their best interests in mind.

The GI Bill is a tremendously valuable benefit with a lifelong impact. The Principles of Excellence are intended to ensure educational institutions help maximize the value of Veterans’ well-earned benefits. For more information, email principles.excellence@va.gov.

ACE Presents a Brown Bag Webinar Series Supporting Military and Veteran Students

You're invited to an American Council on Education (ACE) webinar on supporting military and veteran students, beginning June 6, 2013.

REGISTER NOW!

The series will feature webinars on the following topics:

  • June 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT - Serving Those who Served: An Overview of Military and Veterans in Higher Education
  • June 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT - Fundraising for Military and Veteran Programs
  • June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT - Pathways and Partnerships (Audiences may register for Webinars individually or sign up for all three at a discounted price. In addition, participants who register for the full series may also attend a bonus webinar)
  • June 28 - Demystifying Military Evaluations.

Registration details will be available June 7

INDIVIDUAL WEBINARS

  • ACE member price: $99
  • Non-member price: $149 - BUY THE SERIES AND SAVE!
  • ACE member price: $299
  • Non-member price: $399

Note: All institutions on ACE's Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions Participating Institutions. List will receive complimentary registration for the entire series. For more information or to join the Participating Institutions list, email stws@acenet.edu.
For more information and to register now: CLICK HERE

Contact ACE at stws@acenet.edu

National Education Alliance subsidizes iStudySmart.com study materials

Recent budget cuts have resulted in changes to tuition assistance programs provided by military Services. To help Service members planning to use credit-by-exams to reduce the number of courses needed to reach their education goals, the National Education Alliance is subsidizing the cost of in-depth study materials provided by iStudySmart.com. “This will allow military
personnel to continue to prepare for and pass exams to complete college credit. Our goal is to support the military during this time," said National Education Alliance President, Shara Wright.

The courses are normally $225 each but with the funds provided by the Alliance, military personnel can have online access to the iStudySmart.com traditional courses for $49.95 per month per course. There is no limit to the number of courses which may be purchased in this manner. iStudySmart.com's test preparation materials are a flexible alternative to help military personnel complete college credit toward degree completion or for work related advancement.

Military members can prepare for their college credit equivalent exams using iStudySmart.com materials at the reduced rate and test out with DSST and CLEP exams, which remain funded by
the military. Students can TAP into a program that is:

  • Transferrable: over 3,800 colleges accept credit by exam
  • Affordable: one course per month for only $49.95 - for military personnel
  • Portable: work at your pace - anywhere in the world

For military personnel to take advantage of the iStudySmart.com discount, please email info@iStudySmart.com with Military in the subject line. Members of the military will be given a coupon code to use at checkout.

DoDI 1322.19 reissued and signed March 14, 2013

DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.19 Voluntary Education Programs in Overseas Areas establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes uniform procedures for the delivery of voluntary
education programs and services provided to Service members serving in overseas areas, whether assigned to an enduring or permanent location or deployed to a contingency location.
It also provides guidance to prevent unnecessary duplication of postsecondary programs. DoDI 1322.19 is available HERE - OPEN PDF.