Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (CTE & DNS)


Program Overview

Looking for short-term education credentials that can lead to a job and earn college credits towards a future degree? The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Career and Technical Education (CTE) resource list provides a vetted list of DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) accredited educational institutions that offer career and technical certificate programs. The college credits earned in these certificate programs are aligned to workforce needs and can be integrated into associate and bachelor's degree programs. Detailed information can be located at www.gosoced.org.

Certificate Areas

Certificates are closely aligned to the following areas:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Safety
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Student Benefits

  • Certificates provide marketable, entry-level skills for civilian employment with bright outlooks.
  • Strengthens transition possibilities while enhancing skill sets in support of military occupational specialties and promotion.
  • Completion time varies, but most certificates range from 18-35 credit hours.
  • Certificates can be stand-alone educational credentials or stackable, serving as a building block for an associate and bachelor’s degree.
  • Participating institutions agree to evaluate and award credit for military training and occupational experiences, as appropriate to the certificate.
  • Institutions and certificate programs are carefully selected based on program requirements determined by the DoD Voluntary Education (VolEd) Program.

Program Eligibility

All active-duty Service members, to include the Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve components, can use the SOC CTE resource list to strengthen transition possibilities while enhancing skill sets in support of military occupational specialties and promotion.

Program Overview

Selecting the right school can be overwhelming when you consider the number of options that now offer flexible learning formats. The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS) offers you access to accredited colleges and universities that provide guaranteed course transferability among member schools. Each of these institutions has a signed Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) and has been through a vetting process prior to becoming a network member.

Degrees are offered at both the associate and bachelor’s degree levels. Because you move around and deploy regularly, the SOC DNS program helps to protect your degree requirements and credit transferability when you change duty stations. DNS member schools also issue SOC DNS Student Agreements, which include a formal evaluation of prior academic and military transcripts, and serve as a contract for degree completion between the home college and the Service member.

Student Benefits

  • Students receive an official SOC Student Agreement that:
    • Serves as a contract-for-degree to protect students from changes to degree requirements
    • Ensures quality standards of education for Service members
    • Remains in effect, even if the member leaves the military before graduating
  • DNS member schools require limited academic residency.
  • A variety of options to complete courses, including classroom, distance learning, and prior learning assessment.
  • Courses eligible for transfer between academic institutions are listed on Transferability Tables under a particular SOC DNS Course Category.
  • Comprehensive degree plans list all course requirements, transfer credits granted through training/experience, and courses remaining for degree completion.

Program Eligibility

All active-duty Service members, to include the US Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve components, can use the SOC Degree Network System to connect with schools that provide high-quality education through accelerated degree completion programs.

Support Resources

Student Agreement
Students will receive an official "Student Agreement" which serves as a contract for your degree.

The Student Agreement lets you know what previous credits, service experience, and examination credit is accepted by the institution and what additional courses you need to complete your degree.

Even as you change duty stations or if you need to take a break because of military career requirements, SOC DNS allows you to start a degree with a home college, then continue and finish that degree as time permits. You don’t have to worry about losing credits. The program helps keep you on track to complete your degree.

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DANTES Support:

SOC Program Manager
PH: 850.452.1913
Email: dantes_SOC@navy.mil