Boots to Bus Drivers is an initiative of the West Virginia Department of Education, in partnership with Operation Welcome Home and the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, that connects retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with the training they need for a career as a school bus operator. The program is designed to not only provide full funding for training and CDL fees, but also help with the successful transition back into civilian life. To access further information, review this program flyer or contact the Office of School Facilities and Transportation at 304-558-2711.
Information at www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Fry_scholarship.asp may provide Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001.
Military Affairs Team
The U.S. Department of Education’s Military Affairs Team (MAT) at https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/military/ is a one-stop-shop resource for all military-connected issues from early learning through postsecondary education.
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
The MCEC at www.militarychild.org works to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation.
Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)
The Compact deals with the challenges of military children and their frequent relocations. It allows for uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are members. Note: The Compact only applies to public schools.
To review WV MIC3 contact information: http://www.mic3.net/west-virginia.html
To review the WV MIC3 state overview: http://www.mic3.net/assets/west-virginia-state-profile.pdf
Military OneSource at https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members.
MySECO (Spouse Education and Career Opportunities) – A website (provided by Military One Source) providing military spouses with 24/7 access to online education and career information, resources, scholarships, tools and assessments. Using the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career assessments, spouses may begin to explore their interests, skills, passions and personality type to analyze education and career opportunities. Available tools provide spouses the opportunity to develop an individual career plan, or MyICP, and build their resume. In MySECO military spouses may also take advantage of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership job search, which connects spouses with hundreds of partners who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses.
National Guard – West Virginia Military Family Assistance
West Virginia Military Family Assistance offers counseling and referral services for families of military service members. Family assistance counselors maintain contact with families of deployed service members on a monthly basis.
1703 Coonskin Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
They have offices in Charleston, Parkersburg, Camp Dawson, Martinsburg, Lewisburg and Glen Jean.
The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program is a benefit provided by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support to qualifying military personnel. The program assists veterans from across the country in their efforts to participate in another rewarding area of public service by sharing their knowledge and experiences with America’s youth as professional educators. Qualifying members may be eligible to receive career counseling, job placement assistance and financial assistance. Program eligibility and financial assistance for the TTT program are solely determined and distributed by the National TTT Office. Individuals participating in the Troops to Teachers program must complete state specific requirements for educator licensure. To find out how you may be able to register and participate in the TTT program, contact the National TTT Office at 1-800-231-6242 or visit www.proudtoserveagain.com.
At military.tutor.com/home, Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection.
Veterans Upward Bound for WV
Veterans Upward Bound at http://www.vubwv.org/ is a United States Department of Education TRiO Program dedicated to helping Veterans of the U.S. Military take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. VUB provides services and materials (at no cost to program participants) for the purpose of facilitating enrollment into and successful completion of studies at institutions of higher learning.
Veterans throughout West Virginia have received services from our Veterans Upward Bound program since 1990. Former VUB participants have earned degrees from colleges and universities in West Virginia and other states.