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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: Military

March 7, 2019

MyCAA: What it is and How it Benefits Military Spouses

Military spouses have, historically, faced significant barriers when it comes to finding employment. The unpredictability of military life, family responsibilities and difficulty completing education have all been named as reasons that military spouses tend to have lower rates of employment overall than their civilian counterparts. That is all changing, thanks to an increase in programs designed to help military spouses access education and the training that they need to pursue fulfilling careers.  
 

January 23, 2019

What You Need to Know About Military Education Benefits and Tax Deductions

Students who are using military benefits for education may be interested to know how those benefits affect their tax returns. While it is always best to seek the advice of a tax professional when you have specific questions about your individual return, there are some tax breaks that you may be eligible to take advantage of if you are furthering your education.

December 17, 2018

What Does it Really Mean to be a Military-Friendly College?

Many colleges and universities call themselves “military-friendly” and encourage both active-duty military and veterans to enroll. The question is, though, what does it really mean to be military-friendly? In some cases, students have enrolled in “military-friendly” schools only to find that its military students are just another group of students. Other schools have added some services to their offerings, but haven’t made the wholesale changes and concerted effort to serve students from the military that would make it truly military-friendly. The bottom line? Simply welcoming students who are using their military benefits isn’t enough. Colleges and universities need to focus on a few key priorities if they want to market themselves as a military-friendly institution.

December 11, 2018

Fire Chief and Alumnus Robert Jackson Awarded VFW Gold Medal

Robert Jackson is passionate about fire service and being a first responder. Twenty years ago, he was beginning his career as a green firefighter; he has since served as fire chief for the City of Daleville, Alabama, and today works as a firefighter EMT and hazmat technician at Ft. Rucker Fire and Emergency Services. He also works with local emergency management as a disaster volunteer coordinator. Because of his passion and strides in the industry, as well as his dedication to honoring veterans, Jackson was awarded the Emergency Services Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Firefighter of the Year through the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Alabama.

November 7, 2018

Why Veterans Need Mentors When Transitioning to College

When transitioning from the military to college, veterans often have to overcome everything from age differences with classmates to time management and more. What isn’t discussed as often are the ways to help veterans successfully make this transition. Most college and universities have student services. Some even have veterans centers that are specifically dedicated to assisting service men and women; however, many students aren’t sure where to begin to ask for help, or how to determine what they need.

August 21, 2018

6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military [Webinar]

For many military families, transitioning into a civilian career can be overwhelming and exhausting. The webinar and Q&A session, “6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military” by Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews six steps for seeking civilian employment. 

June 28, 2018

Alumni Stories: Firefighter Turned Risk Control Specialist Shares Passion for Safety

When you find your passion, it can be a beautiful thing. Take David Combs, a risk control specialist with a Pensacola, Florida, insurance company. He’s a man who is doing what he likes and helping to protect lives in the process—something he has done since his days as a firefighter.

May 24, 2018

Columbia Southern University Ranked Second on List of ‘Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Schools’

Columbia Southern University recently was ranked No. 2 among the most affordable military-friendly online schools for 2018. The rankings, released by SR Education Group, list 25 college and universities that work to ensure their educational programs are available to military service members. Specifically, these institutions participate in the military Tuition Assistance program and have high military scores. According to SR Education, these scores were determined using a number of factors, including the strength of military culture, prevalence of support services to online students, flexibility and military-specific financial aid.

 

May 10, 2018

Admissions Supervisor Jessica Pena Uses Personal Experience to Support Future Military Students

Recognized as one of the top schools for active-duty military members and veterans, Columbia Southern University’s military student population is approximately 40 percent. To serve students in the military or those with a spouse or parent in the military, CSU employs many staff and faculty who can relate. Take staff member Jessica Pena, for example. She works as a military supervisor in the CSU Admissions Department and is a former military spouse.   

May 8, 2018

Military Spouses May Qualify for Educational Benefits

Military spouses make many sacrifices for their partners’ dedication to service. From months spent apart from during deployments to regular long-distance moves—not to mention the struggles that can come from handling all the daily household responsibilities on their own, typically on a limited income, military spouses work hard and deserve a great deal of credit for their commitment to their partners’ service.
 

May 3, 2018

Military Spotlight: Knight Pens Book on Military Leadership

Daryl Hogan is first sergeant in the US Air Force, currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing his bachelor’s degree in fire science and his master’s in organizational leadership from CSU, Daryl says, “My education at CSU definitely provided the foundation that helped propel me to the top of the enlisted structure in the military, the top 1 percent.”

May 2, 2018

Earning a Degree While on Active Duty: What You Need to Know

Working toward a degree while serving on active duty is much different than attending classes on a traditional campus, or even taking online classes from home. Before you take on the challenge of school and active duty, there are some key points to know that will increase your chances of success.
 

January 29, 2018

Alumni Stories: Mobile, Ala., Fire Chief Embraces Role as Protector

Some jobs are just filled with unpredictable days. Just ask fire Chief Mark Sealy. Sealy has been with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department for 26 years. During that time, he and his fellow firefighters have witnessed many exciting challenges to their work.

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

December 11, 2017

5 Types of Transfer Credits to Count Toward Your Degree [Infographic]

Did you know that transfer credits can include more than previous coursework? Transfer credits could possibly include previous training, certifications and professional licenses – and all of these could be counted toward your degree program.
 

November 9, 2017

Ask These 5 Questions Before Transitioning into a Civilian Career

Making the change from military to civilian life can be tough, especially for those who aren’t sure what they want to do outside of their service. Assessing your strengths and utilizing them in the next chapter of your life will lead to a successful, fulfilled life as a civilian. Go through these questions to identify the possible next steps for your career.

October 30, 2017

Learn How The Forever GI Bill Will Impact Your Military Education Benefits [White Paper]

If you are in the military, then you may have heard about the recently signed “Forever” GI Bill. The new law will extend educational benefits to cover the lifetime of those in service as of Sept. 11, 2001. This white paper discusses the bill and the potential benefits for both active duty and veteran members of the U.S. Armed Services.

September 1, 2017

8 Ways Career Services Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

For many, landing their dream job might seem like a distant goal. CSU’s Career Service Department helps you identify your career goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. With a broad range of services available, Career Services is a valuable (and free) tool for students and alumni to use.

July 25, 2017

5 Scholarships for CSU Students

Each year, CSU awards scholarships to its current and future students. With more than a dozen scholarships and Ways to Save available, there is sure to be one to fit your needs.