Why Career Step is Perfect for Military Spouses (a laptop is just one reason!)

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military coupleWe are very excited to announce that our MyCAA-approved programs now include a laptop for all military spouses who enroll with this funding! This is a big deal because, with the online format of our Career Step training programs, included laptops ensure that military spouses can study from anywhere they have an internet connection.

And while the included laptop is very exciting, this is just one of the reasons Career Step is a great choice for military spouses. If you have friends or family in the military, you should let them know about the advantages of going back to school with Career Step (and increase your referrals in the process.) Here are some quick facts about Career Step’s courses you can share with them:

MyCAA approved

Through the DOD’s MyCAA funding, eligible military spouses can go back to school for free—yes, FREE!! With MyCAA, military spouses can get up to $4,000 to be used towards their education. All of Career Step’s courses meet MyCAA guidelines and cost less than $4,000 so it is possible for your friends who qualify to get a quality education without paying a dime! For more information on MyCAA funding, you can check out our MyCAA Myths eBook.


Career Step’s courses provide everything students need to succeed. With our online courses, military spouses get the flexibility and portability needed with the military lifestyle. However, we also provide them with the following:

  • Laptop – To enhance the learning experience, Career Step includes a laptop for all military spouses who are enrolled in programs that include ebooks. This means our students can take their course with them no matter where they travel. (Note: not all courses include ebooks but most do.)
  • Hands-on Experience – Our courses include useful, hands-on experience, which is why employers hire our graduates. (We currently have a graduate placement rate of 84%!)
  • One-on-One Student Support – Unlike some other online schools, our students have access to experienced instructors (who have actually worked in the industry students are training for). Instructors are there to can answer questions or just provide a little bit of motivation when students hit a rough patch.

Career focused

Career Step’s courses are designed to get our students in, out, and working as quickly as possible. This is great news for the military spouse who need to start working right away. Our courses also prepare students for careers with job opportunities nationwide—something important for a military spouse who moves around frequently. Many of the careers we train students for also have work-from-home opportunities such as medical transcription or medical coding and billing.

If you need some other ideas on why Career Step is the perfect fit for military spouses, you may also want to check out our Who’s Who of Career Step: Military Spouses profile or Spreading the Word in Military Communities blog posts. We also have a several ideas for increasing your military referrals in our Facebooking for Referrals series including: Military Referrals, MyCAA Video, and MyCAA Myths ebook.

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  1. Michael Cox July 11, 2015

    I am a military spouse and am interested in medical coding.

  2. Career Step July 13, 2015

    Hi Michael,

    I’ve passed your information on to an Academic Advisor, and they should be contacting you shortly with more information.

    Best wishes!

  3. Stephanie August 13, 2015

    Hi I just enrolled a few months ago with mycaa I wish I would’ve known this would be available I would’ve waited

  4. Daisy sanderson August 25, 2015

    I am a military spouse and I’m intrested on medical clinical assistant

  5. Kerri Burch December 16, 2015

    I am interested in learning what all courses come with the laptop. Thank you. Kerri Burch

  6. Career Step December 16, 2015

    Hi Kerri,

    Most of our programs include ebooks, including our Medical Coding and Billing, Pharmacy Technician, and Medical Transcription courses. If you have any questions regarding a specific program, you can contact an Academic Advisor at 1-855-261-7366.

    Best wishes!

  7. Jena March 22, 2016

    Hi, I have previously used MYCAA to pay for college courses. Although I know I didn’t use all of it (not sure if any of it was used, actually I was just enrolled). Is it possible to switch careers and go this route instead? Because of our new family situation I need opportunity to work from home, interested in medical coding.

    Hi Jena,
    Thanks for your question.  You may use the funding that you have left over as long as you are not outside of 3 years from the first time you used the grant. Typically you would need to wait until your current program has expired if you are no looking to complete it. For example if your current program does not end until October 15th,  you would have to wait to reapply for the funding towards another program until at least October 1st.

    Please contact Brittany Emerine as she can assist you with any further questions about how much funding you might have left or when you may start the application process. You can reach her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Best wishes!

  8. Rosa April 01, 2016

    Does coastguard benefit?

    Hi Rosa-
    Thank you for your question!

    We wish Coast Guard spouses qualified too! :( Unfortunately, the Department of Defense sets the eligibility requirements and because the Coast Guard is under the Department of Homeland Security they have been excluded. Since we’re just a school approved for the funding, we have no say over the eligibility policies—so until the DOD changes its policy, the best we can do is offer generous military tuition discounts on our own (visit http://www.careerstep.com/military-tuition-discounts?uid=socfacebook for more details).Hopefully that helps and best wishes!

  9. Julie Sawyer May 03, 2016

    Hi am a military spouse and liking for a job on base & I also have my MA in the medical field

  10. Jewela Thompson May 12, 2016

    Do you offer any courses handling,the purchase and sale of Tax Lien Certificates and tax deeds. I’m trying to start a business.

    Hi Jewela,

    Thanks for your questions, we don’t have any tax courses.

    Good luck starting your new business!

  11. Elizabeth May 20, 2016

    Hello! I am an Air Force spouse and I am very interested in the medical coding or pharmacy technician programs. Is someone able to email me more info?

    Hi Elizabeth-
    Thanks for your interest in studying a Career Step course. Somebody will certainly email you with more information. In the meantime, take a look at the following links to learn more about the courses and financial assistance options as a military spouse:

    Medical coding and billing- http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing-career

    Pharmacy technician- http://www.careerstep.com/pharmacy-technician-careers

    MyCAA funding option- http://www.careerstep.com/military

    Best wishes!


  12. Maryorik June 16, 2016

    Hi, what about veteran’s spouses. If you have any information. My husband served 3 years at the army and he was discharged in 2007.

  13. Career Step June 16, 2016

    Hi Mary,
    We sure do offer discounts for veteran spouses! If you would like more information you can contact our academic advisors at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Hope this helps!

    Best wishes!

  14. Iysha Stitt July 07, 2016

    Hello, What are all the courses you guys offer? Are they all in the medical field?

  15. Career Step July 08, 2016

    Hi Lysha,
    Thank you for your question!
    We offer courses related to healthcare, administration, and technology. For specific information on each course go to: http://www.careerstep.com/career-training-programs.

    Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the courses.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  16. Jayde Iannucci July 10, 2016

    I have been told numerous times about this and how helpful it is, I guess I’m just confused on how to set it up. I’m in college and paying out of pocket, but this summer I’m taking a CNA course and this would help out so much!

  17. Miriam vargas July 12, 2016

    I am military spouse i need a job but no speak enghish

  18. Career Step July 19, 2016

    Hi Miriam,
    Thank you for reaching out to us!

    All of our courses are in English and we don’t have any instructors that speak Spanish. I wish we could be of more help.

    If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  19. Elizabeth Kane August 01, 2016

    I am interested in doing coding

  20. Career Step August 08, 2016

    Hi Elizabeth!
    Thanks for reaching out to us! Check out this link for all the details on our Medical Coding and Billing course!
    You can also contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  21. Rebekah August 09, 2016

    Hello! Im very interested in getting my pharmacy tech cert!

  22. Career Step August 10, 2016

    Hi Rebekah!
    We are so glad you reached out to us! For more information about the Pharmacy Technician course please visit http://www.careerstep.com/pharmacy-technician-careers.
    You can reach us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073 and we will be happy to answer any questions for you!

    We wish you the very best of luck in your career goals!

  23. Samantha Jones August 15, 2016

    I am very interested in the pharmacy tech program.

  24. Career Step August 15, 2016

    Hi Samantha,
    Thank you for interest in our Pharmacy Technician course. For more information on the program take a look at this link: http://www.careerstep.com/pharmacy-technician-careers

    Best of luck!

  25. Lauren August 19, 2016

    I was wondering if you also have a program for X-ray technician?

  26. Chelseacooper August 21, 2016

    I am a spouse looking for online courses that will go toward a degree in social work. Is this all medical care classes ?

  27. Career Step August 23, 2016

    Hi Chelsea,
    Thank you for your question! We offer courses related to the healthcare and technology fields.

    Good luck in your educational and career pursuits!

  28. Misty September 07, 2016

    I am very intersted in the medical coding and billing career. My spouse was in the army and I need to get stated on it asap.

  29. Ashley September 10, 2016

    My husband is medically retired, are army vets spouses included?

  30. Career Step September 12, 2016

    Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for reaching out to us. Veterans actually aren’t eligible for MyCAA funding. :( Unfortunately the Department of Defense sets the eligibility requirements, and as just a school approved for the funding we have no influence over those decisions. Until the DOD changes its policy, the best we can do is offer generous military tuition discounts through one of our academic partners. With this partnership, you can save 90% off our normal tuition and train for as little as $180. Visit http://www.careerstep.com/military-discounts?uid=socfacebook for more details. Hopefully that helps and best wishes!

  31. Abigail Merten September 30, 2016

    I am a military spouse and I am interested in doing online schooling! Can you have someone contact me please?

  32. Career Step October 05, 2016

    Hi Abigail,
    Thanks for reaching out to us and for your interest in our online courses! A military advisor will be in touch with you soon to help answer your questions.

    Best wishes!

  33. Angelique Moran October 12, 2016

    I’m extremely interested in the Medical Billing & Coding program!

  34. Career Step October 17, 2016

    Hi Angelique,
    Thank you so much for expressing your interest in our Medical Billing and Coding program! Take a look at this link to learn more about the course: http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing-career

    You can also reach out to our academic advisers to help you get started at info@careerstepcom or 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  35. Salina Rios November 02, 2016

    Hi! I’ve already finished my program but was not aware of the free laptop! Why wasn’t I offered one?

  36. Career Step November 04, 2016

    Hi Salina,
    Thanks for reaching out to us! Our promotional offers change and if you were not offered a laptop it was likely not available at the time you enrolled.

    Hope this helps!

  37. Lacy Smith November 08, 2016

    I would like to enroll in the pharmacy technician program

  38. Career Step November 08, 2016

    Hi Lacy,
    We would love to help you get enrolled in the pharmacy technician program! Please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073. I will also pass your info onto our academic advisors and they will contact you to help you get enrolled in the course.

    Hope this helps!

  39. danie richardson December 03, 2016

    usually how long does it take for you to receive the laptop?

  40. Cataleene gentry January 18, 2017

    Hey I’m a military spouse and I’m interested in online schooling for a medical office assistant. Can you please have someone contact me ?

  41. Career Step January 18, 2017

    Hi Cataleene,
    Thank you for reaching out to us! I will pass your information along to our military advisers. You are also welcome to contact us at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Best wishes!

  42. Kateland January 25, 2017

    I would love to be a Pharmacist Technician. I find that interesting.

  43. Winter January 28, 2017

    what if you completed a program but didn’t like the program you chose and wanted to choose another program will MYCAA cover it again or they cover only one program?

  44. Career Step January 30, 2017

    Hi Winter,
    Thanks for your question. According to MyCAA:

    ” MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their Portable Career goals. Annual cap waivers are available for licensure and certificate programs if there is an upfront tuition cost that exceeds $2,000 (up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000).”

    If this is a little confusing, and you aren’t sure if you have reached your maximum education benefit, please reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073.

    Hope this helps!

  45. Career Step January 30, 2017

    Hi Kateland!
    The pharmacy technican field is a great career choice!  Take a look at this link to learn about what a pharmacy technician career path offers as well as information on enrollment and the Career Step course.

    Hope this helps!

  46. tenzin February 07, 2017

    im spouse of navy n i rn nurse from india n right now im in india n should i need to study rn again or direct i can place a job in navy as a navy spouse.

  47. Career Step February 10, 2017

    Hi Tenzin,
    Please contact Military One Source for help with your question. Their phone number is 1800.342.9647.

    Hope this helps!

  48. Mackenzie February 15, 2017

    Hi there! I am an army wife and my husband is currently serving. I was wondering what kind of tech jobs do you guys have?

  49. Career Step February 16, 2017

    Hi Mackenzie,
    Thanks for reaching out to us! We are an online school that offers a variety of training programs. There are three courses available in the technology field:

    Microsoft Office:
    Available as a bundled training package or as individual courses in each of the 5 core Microsoft Office applications to help you quickly gain important computer skills.

    Computer Technician Program:
    Helps you gain the skills you need to earn CompTIA A+ certification and work in a technology field that’s expected to grow by nearly 89,000 new jobs by 2024.

    Health Information Technology Program Healthcare IT:
    Gain the skills you need to work at the crossroads of the growing healthcare and technology industries. With this training you’ll graduate prepared to earn the CompTIA A+ certification as well as the CEHRS and CMAA credentials from the National Healthcareer Association.

    Take our career finder quiz to see which program would be a good fit for you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCGHVXC?sm=49mghf3H/g+bNfNWrI2ZZA==

    If you would like to talk to an academic adviser, they can be reached at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Hope this helps!



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