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Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

posted January 31, 2017

The Horatio Alger Association, along with support from the Association for Career & Technical Education, and the American Association of Community Colleges, will be awarding 1,020 scholararships of up to $2,500 each to qualified individuals to put toward the pursuit of a technical certificate or degree. In order to qualify for a scholarship, individuals must:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Applications may be submitted beginning March 15, and can be submitted online at application.horatioalger.org.

December Edition of SOC DNS Dispatch Now Available

posted January 3, 2017

The December 2016 Edition of the SOC DNS Dispatch has been released and is available for download from the Publications section of the SOC website.

SOC CTE News

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program

posted January 31, 2017

The Horatio Alger Association, along with support from the Association for Career & Technical Education, and the American Association of Community Colleges, will be awarding 1,020 scholararships of up to $2,500 each to qualified individuals to put toward the pursuit of a technical certificate or degree. In order to qualify for a scholarship, individuals must:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Applications may be submitted beginning March 15, and can be submitted online at application.horatioalger.org.

SOC Program News

SOC Welcomes New Director

posted February 15, 2017

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges welcomes new director John R. Ballard, Ph.D., who assumed leadership of the organization in February following the retirement of Dr. Kathy Snead in December, 2016. Dr. Ballard will also serve as the new Vice President for Military and Veterans Partnerships for The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Prior to accepting his new positions with SOC and AASCU, Dr. Ballard served as dean of the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates.

In accepting his appointment, Ballard said, “Our military and veterans exemplify all the best in America’s rich diversity and great potential, as do the public higher education institutions that comprise the AASCU membership; I am proud to serve both in their efforts to help make Americans more competitive and effective in today’s increasingly demanding global economy and ever more interconnected society.”

Ballard began his career as a Marine infantry officer and has commanded at the company, battalion and group levels in both the active and reserve components. Ballard commanded Marines, Soldiers and Sailors in combat in Iraq, and was subsequently awarded several military decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal, for his service during the War.

Ballard has also served in faculty and academic leadership positions at various higher education institutions around the world, including service as a dean in three different institutions. He is the author of numerous journal articles and six books.

Ballard earned his B.S. at the United States Naval Academy, his M.A. at California State University, Dominquez Hills, and his Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America.

Other News

NUTN Network Call for Award Nominations

posted February 15, 2017

The National University Technology Network (NUTN) has issued a call for nominations and submissions for awards to be presented at the NUTN Network 2017 Annual Conference on Distance & Blended Learning, which will be held October 11-12, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

The NUTN NETWORK 2017 Planning Committee invites you to nominate or self-nominate award candidates for awards in the following categories:

Nominations will be accepted until April 1, 2017. Recipients should be notified by June 1, 2017.

NUTN is a consortium of higher education institutions and provides a networking and professional development arena for the advancement of teaching and learning. For further information visit the NUTN Network website.

VA-ACME 11th Annual Symposium - March 2017

posted December 15, 2016

The Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA-ACME) will hold its 11th Annual Symposium in Virginia Beach, VA , at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center from March 28-30, 2017.The event will kick off on Tuesday, March 28 for the Military Job Fair and Education Expo, followed by two days of training.

Further information will be made available on the VAACME website-

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