American College of Technology is now taking applications for its Wounded Warriors scholarships.

American College of Technology is now taking applications for its Wounded Warriors scholarships.

St. Joseph, Mo., March 24, 2014 – “We’re giving back to those who have served,” Richard Dodson, ACOT Military Education Executive Director said. “Those who can no longer be in the military need to have an avenue for when they transition out; this is the best way that we could reach those who have been affected most by combat.”

This year ACOT has committed $364,400 to the Warrior Transition Command for a total of 10 full scholarships, amounting to $36,440 each.  5 of those scholarships with be given to wounded service members and 5 to spouses or dependents of wounded service members.

“Should a soldier become wounded where he cannot go back to work their spouse may have to take over,” Dodson said. “This is just a small way that we can get out there and really help the men and women in the service.”

The wounded warrior and wounded spouse scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition, course materials and fees.  Because ACOT courses are 100% online, students are able to earn their degree from anywhere in the world at a location that’s convenient.  All lectures are offered live online and are also recorded for easy review.

Applications for Wounded Warrior Scholarships are being accepted now.  Apply online at http://hub.am/1lgThyg.  A final decision on recipients will be made July 1, 2014.

To learn more about ACOT programs call (800)-804-1388 or check us out online at http://ACOT.edu.

American College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. ACOT is also certified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the state of Missouri.

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Christmas tree For Warrior in Transition Unit Fort Leonard Wood

Christmas tree For Warrior in Transition Unit Fort Leonard Wood

While we were here at Fort Leonard Wood we noticed that the Barracks for the wounded soldier did not have a Christmas tree. A short time later we got one. GySgt. Dodson and Commanding Officer for the Warrior in Transition Unit were present when American College of Technology dedicated the Christmas Tree to the service men and women of the unit.

ACOT sees large growth benefiting St Joseph, Mo. Economy – Economic Developement

http://thesmartwaytocollege.com/ American College of Technology has seen an increase in programs and services causing the need to hire additional staff members and adding more jobs to St. Joseph economy.
By Lute Atieh

Google Scholarship for the Student Veterans of American.

Student Veterans of American American College of Technology Chapter Is proud to announce that we are now a member of the SVA.

As a new member, we would like to support veterans by participating in a scholarship for students in Computer Sciences fields. Please see details below and apply for the scholarship.

If you would like to be more involved with the Student Veterans of American  American College of Technology Chapter please email Lute@acot.edu

Welcome – Please read about the Google Scholarship for the Student Veterans of American. American College of Technology encourages you to apply!

2014 Google SVA Scholarship

Student Veterans of America and Google are proud to announce the opening of this year’s Computer Science scholarship application. Each award will be in the amount of $10,000 and is open to any and all student veterans pursuing computer science degrees or similar fields, as noted below. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Google’s 2014 Summer Annual Scholars’ Retreat. The Scholars’ Retreat provides an important networking opportunity for top students from all over the United States and Canada to meet with each other and with Google engineers in a personable, fun environment.

All application materials must be received by SVA no later than 11:59pm PST on December 2, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February of 2014, and the scholarship funds are to be used for the 2014/2015 academic semester.

Interested applicants are encouraged to read the below information carefully. If you meet the eligibility requirement, please click on the link at the bottom to access the application form. Complete all fields and upload the required documents, preferably as PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the application or the scholarship, please contact us here. http://studentveterans.org/contact-us.html

Eligibility

Eligible student veterans must meet the below outlined minimum criteria:

All successful candidates must:

Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university for the 2013­-2014 academic year
Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-­time student at a university in the United States for the 2014-­2015 academic year
Maintain a strong academic performance
Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*
Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD-214 and transcript
Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service

*Related Technical Fields may include:

Software Engineering
Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science course load)
Computer Engineering
Information Systems
Information Technology
Applied Networking
Systems administration

*Related Technical Fields do not include:

Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Required Additional Documents (uploaded on next page)

Current copy of resume/CV;
Unofficial copy of current university transcripts;
Two letters of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor. These must be emailed by the author to scholarships@studentveterans.org and the subject should read “Google App LoR – LASTNAME”
Responses to 3 essay questions (compiled into one document);
DD 214

Essay Questions

Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (300-500 words max).

1) What sparked your interest in computer science?  How did this lead you to major in computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree?  In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.

2) Please give us 1-2 examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university, or your broader community.

3) Please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience.  It might have been a class assignment, a research project, or other work or volunteer experience.  If the project was team-based, specify your individual role and contributions in the project.

APPLY NOW >   You will be re-directed to the Student Veterans of American National Website:

http://studentveterans.org/component/content/article/15-scholarships/52-apply-2014-google-sva-scholarship.html

Please notify the college once you have completed your application.

Lute@acot.edu
By Lute Atieh

American College of Technology Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named American College of Technology to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows American College of Technology commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“Military students are encouraged to join American College of Technology at the upcoming Military Friendly Schools Virtual College Fair in November, said Ramsey Atieh, Director of Admissions.  “The Virtual College Fair will provide an unprecedented opportunity for service members, spouses and veterans to engage with our organization during the school search process and is especially efficient for introducing service members deployed overseas or those still in uniform to our education programs,” said Ramsey Atieh. Free registration is required for all attendees at http://www.militaryfriendly.com/events

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

Visit ACOT on the web at: http://acot.edu/pages/military-friendly-online-college.php

 
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Why this is the right time for unemployed vets to go back to school

Why This is the Right Time for Unemployed Vets to Go Back to School

A generation ago, dad went to work for a company and he retired from that same company several decades later. Today very few people enter a career and stay there for their entire working life. Much more normal in this era is to have several professional achievements over the course of a lifetime. Soldiering represents one satisfying career track. Many honorably discharged veterans look for a second or third career field that will be as fulfilling as was their time of military service.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is a military educational benefits program specifically designed to help unemployed vets ages 35-60 become trained and ready to enter a new, high-demand career path. In today’s tough job market you need more than life experience and a strong work ethic if you want to stay competitive with other, younger workers. Many of today’s jobs require a degree or technical certification beyond military and work experience.  This is precisely where VRAP comes in.

VRAP benefits will pay for up to $1,572 each month in tuition and book costs. These funds are deposited directly into the student’s bank account after the previous month’s attendance has been verified. The funds are available for a year of study in a variety of programs offered through technical schools and community colleges.

The American College of Technology (ACOT) is a VRAP-approved online school and offers approved courses in Computer programming, Network Administration and Information Security, Business Administration and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Health Information Technology.

ACOT is a great place to use your VRAP benefits because it requires no upfront fees, no out of pocket expenses and course tuitions run around one half of the national average. That means that you can get a VRAP-approved degree or certificate with zero financial outlay on your part. In many cases, you will not even use your entire monthly benefit, leaving you with extra dollars to help cover other life expenses.

Maybe you started college a long time ago but life interrupted your education…now would be a great time to finish things up. Maybe you never took the time to go to school….now is an ideal time to start. Whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s, VRAP and ACOT make this the very best time to get trained for a career that is in high-demand and therefore likely to result in a good job.

It could be that in the past you were in a line of work that you truly enjoyed, but you were kept from advancing without more education. In a jittery economy one way to make yourself more valuable to employers is to extend your work-related education and training. Don’t let your current age and lack of employment keep you from pursuing that second or third work-related dream.

ACOT has an entire page of VRAP-related questions and answers to help you find out whether applying for these benefits is right for you. Act fast, because VRAP benefits are only available until 2014. Students who enroll soon will be able to receive the full year of educational funds.

http://acot.edu/pages/veterans-retraining-assistance-program

http://acot.edu/online/why-this-is-the-right-time-for-unemployed-vets-to-go-back-to-school/
By Lute Atieh