Army Pathways to Success The ASVAB, ConAP and March2Success as outlets to Educational Advancement & Career Opportunities Army Career Facts • • • • • 1478966 members in the US Military 495,000 members in US Army 154 careers available in active Army. 120 careers available in Army Reserves Careers available in the 16 national career clusters (Achieve Texas) • 2 out of 7 applicants qualify for military service Army Education Info • MGIB - $53,028 total = $1,473 per month • MGIB+ACF - $(60,828 – 86,028) = $1,689 – 2,389 per month • 2000 Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) • 73 SOCAD Associate’s Degree Schools • 63 SOCAD Bachelor’s Degree Schools • AVG national ASVAB Score – 36 • AVG ASVAB Score Houston - 29 March 2 Success.com What is It? An On-line, Standardized Test Preparation Course… Developed as a free, no obligation tool to help high school students improve their performance on standardized tests by improving math, science and English skills Developed for the Army by e-learning industry leaders Peterson’s, Inc., and Educational Options, Inc. March2Success Courseware Includes: High School Preparation Course Standardized Test Preparation Course Full Length SAT and ACT Practice Tests SAT and ACT Flashcards SAT/ACT Preparation Video Game College Planning Resources March2Success Students select from the following course content: Comprehensive English (Language usage, Reading, Writing) Comprehensive Math (Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics) Integrated Science (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) High School Preparation (Study Skills, Lang. Arts, Math, Science) SAT Prep (7 timed on-line practice tests) ACT Prep (7 timed on-line practice tests) Flashcards -- SAT/ACT (20 verbal decks; 5 math decks) Zero-Hour Threat – Video game to raise SAT and ACT scores Concurrent Admissions Program • Purpose To link Future Soldiers to a ConAp college at the time of enlistment in the Army or Army Reserve. • ConAP Colleges There are more than 2000 colleges nationwide that have a SOCAD (Servicemembers Opportunity College) agreement with the DOD. There are 130 colleges in Texas that have a similar agreement. • Goals – Increase enlistment of college capable individuals into both the active duty and reserve forces; increase the number of Army soldiers, Reserve Soldiers, and veterans enrolled in college; increase the us of GI Bill Benefits Concurrent Admissions Program • Benefits For Soldiers – An active plan to attend college, use GI Bill benefits, and receive credit for educational experiences in the Army. For High Schools – Enables more graduates to attend college by earning GI Bill and other educational benefits. For Colleges and Universities – Increase enrollment of mature, motivated veterans who have job, life, and leadership experience, and money for education. For Army and Army Reserves – Attracts college capable soldiers to maintain high standards in the Army. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program… Empowering students to become the career architects of their future ASVAB CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM Mixed Method Approach to Career Exploration 10 < > 12 Grades First Two Years of College Multiple-Aptitude Test ASVAB Test • Assessment of student’s ability to learn new skills • Predictor of success in training and education programs General Science Arithmetic Reasoning Knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science Ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems Word Knowledge Paragraph Comprehension Ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms Ability to obtain information from written material Mathematics Knowledge Electronics Information Knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications Knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems Auto and Shop Information Mechanical Comprehension Knowledge of automotive maintenance, repair, wood and metal shop practices Knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices and structural support SAT Concordance Table ACT Concordance Table INTEREST TYPES REALISTIC activities allow CONVENTIONAL activities allow you to use organizational, clerical, and arithmetic skills and require attention to detail or accuracy. ENTERPRISING activities allow you to take a leadership role or speak in front of groups, and may require that you take on a lot of responsibility. ® John R. Holland,Ph.D. you to work with your hands and involve using machines, tools, and equipment. C E R S I A SOCIAL activities allow you to use your skills to interact effectively with others and involve working with and helping others. INVESTIGATIVE activities involve learning about a new subject area or allow you to use your knowledge to solve problems or create things or ideas. ARTISTIC activities allow you to write, paint, play a musical Instrument, or use your imagination to do original work. Pathways for Higher Education • PaYS – Partnership for Youth Success Soldiers are guaranteed an interview for projected job vacancies within many American industries, state and local government agencies upon successful completion of individual advance training. • ConAP – Concurrent Admissions Program To make it easier for Soldiers to get into college and start earning credit, the Army partners with more than 1,800 colleges and universities that want to increase enrollment of veterans. • eArmyU – Is a large and robust online learning portal, that ranks among the most innovative and accessible distance-learning programs ever developed. Funding your College Education Since training and education is a core part of the Army experience, Soldiers are encouraged to continue their education beyond high school. The Army helps its Soldiers achieve their educational goals through various funding programs: • The Post 9/11 GI Bill – Soldiers who served after 9/11/01 are entitled to 36 months of benefits based on a sliding eligibility scale. Benefits include tuition, fees and a housing allowance. • The Montgomery GI Bill – with a three to six year enlistment, Soldiers are eligible to receive a maximum benefit of up to $49,248. • Montgomery GI Bill plus Army College Fund – With a score of 50 or higher on the ASVAB, a Soldier can earn up to $83,448 for college.