The DoD and the Services, with the support of SOC, developed a new Voluntary Education (VolEd) program guide to provide Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate opportunities to Service members to assist them in preparing for transition into the civilian labor market after their military service. This program is designed to aid in aligning certificate opportunities from degree granting institutions with the Service members expertise in an occupational specialty or technical area they obtained in the military.
The CTE programs adopt certificates in high demand career and technical fields that are available in the civilian workforce. The CTE program guide is accessible to Veterans, as the certificate opportunities listed must be approved by the appropriate State Approving Agency for Veteran Affairs education benefits. The certificates should complement the Service members’ military occupation and training and the completed course work should be stackable towards an associate or bachelor’s degree in the technical career field.