How I Transitioned to a Successful Civilian Career and What I Did: Wendi Higgins ‘13


A Commander’s Call held at the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in December 2013. Image via the U.S. Air National Guard by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Veterans face many difficulties when transitioning to civilian life. As service members, it is tough to find the same challenges or pride in civilian positions like we had in our military lives and accomplishments. Sometimes, it is hard translate the things we do into civilian terms.

Essentially, we are starting all over again. But it is possible to create a civilian network of colleagues and friends whose knowledge we can draw upon.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Career

10 Signs You Have More College-Level Knowledge Than You Think

10 Signs You Have More College-Level Knowledge Than You Think

Are you consulted as an expert in your industry? Are you a respected hobbyist in a specific field? Or is your resume just full of skills, expertise and experiences? If so, you may be able to translate that knowledge into college credit.

All too often, students think that only the courses they take sitting in a classroom will transfer as college credit. However, transfer credit can include professional licenses and certifications, military training and professional training. You can also earn credit through exams and portfolio assessment. Explore your transfer credit options so you do not have to put your life and career on hold by taking a course that, chances are, you already know everything about (and could probably teach!) Your goal is our goal – to finish your college degree – and the more options you have, the quicker you’ll get there.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transfer Credits, Student Services, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

The Ultimate List of Military and Veteran Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Finding Military Financial Aid and Scholarships

Whether its preparing for a civilian career, frequent deployments, advancing your rank, earning your degree while serving your country, figuring out your GI Bill benefits or navigating the challenges of having a family member on active duty… there’s a lot to handle if you are a member of the United States military, a military spouse or veteran. This leaves you little or no time to identify scholarships or financial assistance.

Getting the financial aid you deserve can prove tricky to find, but there are an increasing number of scholarship opportunities and support available to service members, veterans and their families. For instance, did you know there are scholarships available for grandchildren of military members? Even specialized scholarships for each branch of the United States military?

Topics: Military and Veterans, Going Back to College, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Do You Have the Skills Necessary To Advance Your Career?

Do You Have the Skills Necessary for Your Dream Career?

By Roxanne L. Globis

Whether you’re looking to start, change or advance your career, career planning can get complicated.

And time consuming.

And confusing.

And a thousand other challenges.

However, if you create a plan, the more effective you will be in your job search. Let that plan help you research, discover and cultivate the skills you’ll need for your chosen career, and you can ensure success for the future you. Here are five online tools and career resources that can guide you every step of the way, from before you graduate to earning your degree, and beyond.

Topics: Student Services, Military and Veterans, Career

How to Get Maximum Transfer Credit When You Go Back to College

Going Back to College

Think long and hard on how you would answer this question:

Would you take the same course twice, if you didn’t have to?

Hopefully, you answered no. Or, even better, answered no way!

Then why not get maximum transfer credit when you go back to college by applying a little extra effort?

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transfer Credits, Academic Evaluation, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

Can Your Real World Experience Earn You College Credit?


By Warren Gramm

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is designed to help students gain college credit for knowledge gained through real life experiences. As a mentor for the College, when I consider that, I can't help but gravitate towards the many students that have had success through the music PLA credits they've earned while serving our country in the armed forces in locations throughout the world.

Many adult learners are actively engaged overseas and are at the same time demonstrating for me their music backgrounds and capabilities. I wish that more members of the armed forces bands knew that it is possible to gain college credit for what they already know!

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Military and Veterans, Mentors, Areas of Study and Degree Programs