Thursday, September 22, 2011

MilSpouse Education Opportunities

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Martinsburg Institute for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I graduated college in 2003, I decided that I was "done" with school.  I was worn out and exhausted and just wanted to work.  Then in 2006, I left my job so that I could stay home with Grace and be a full-time mom.  It was a hard decision to leave a job I loved, but I felt, as a military spouse, that Grace needed me home in order to provide her some security while Joel was deployed or away for training.  Well, in her 5 years of life, Joel's been deployed overseas 3 times - so I'm glad that I made the decision to stay home with her.

Over the years, though, I've been wanting to go back to school.  But I haven't decided whether I want a Master's Degree or just to go back for some additional training and education that will benefit my career down the line.

But it's hard with 2 kids, a house to run and a husband who seems to deploy all the time.  We live a unique life - full of constant changes.  And a lot of the time we are single parents.  I'm not aware of any education programs geared toward "us" - military spouses.  Until now...

Recently I discovered a school geared toward education for military spouses, service members and veterans - programs created for our unique lifestyle.  The Martinsburg Institute offers distance learning courses for those in our never predictable but always-exciting lifestyle.

Currently they offer programs in Medical Billing and Coding, Electronic Health Records, Human Resources, Financial Management and Accounting, Business Communications, Project Management, Medical Transcription and more!  These programs are so practical and can be used anywhere - and our lifestyle requires job flexibility!  Personally, I'm interested in the Financial Management and Accounting - I think it would go well with my background in Public Relations and Healthcare Sales.  And especially as we work to become debt free, classes in financial management would be so valuable.

Right now, there is $4000 in grants available with MyCAA.  So this would be a great time for you to look into how Martinsburg Institute can help you further your education.

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