This report presents findings from the implementation evaluation of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Demonstration, a joint initiative to support the spouses of military personnel pursuing postsecondary degrees or industry-recognized credentials through Career Advancement Accounts (CAAs).
"In 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) began a joint initiative to support the spouses of military personnel in their pursuit of portable postsecondary degrees or industry-recognized credentials. Through the Military Spouse (MilSpouse) Career Advancement Account (CAA) Demonstration, eligible spouses could obtain an account to pay for career-related education and training. Demonstration goals were to (1) help military spouses with careers and (2) encourage the retention of service members by increasing families’ satisfaction with military life. Eight states received demonstration grants, which were used in substate areas where participating military bases and One-Stop Career Centers were located...This report presents findings from the implementation evaluation of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Demonstration." (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

- "Pre-established or early partnerships implemented the demonstration quickly" (p.xxv). - "Strong partnerships built on each partner’s skills and experiences" (p.xxv). - "The demonstration expanded the number and types of education institutions partnering with workforce agencies" (p.xxv). - "Even with account self-management, intensive staff time was required" (p.xxvi). (Abstractor: Author)