By Colleen Flaherty

Killeen Daily Herald

Central Texas College will host a career forum for military spouses today.

Attendees who pre-registered were asked to complete on online career aptitude survey, said Barbara Merlo, director of marketing and outreach.

But those who have not registered can still benefit.

The forum will include a discussion of Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts tuition-reimbursement opportunities of up to $4,000 for those who qualify. The program is geared toward spouses of lower-enlisted Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine service members seeking associate degrees, certifications and licenses. Some spouses of National Guard members also are eligible.

The event will include a realistic discussion of career options for spouses of active-duty military personnel.

Transferable careers include those in health and human services, information technology and business, Merlo said.

Skilled tradespeople, such as HVAC technicians, "can pretty much name your price," she said.

But, Merlo said, "Anything related to health care is the easiest to find work in, no matter where you go."

Careers in education had been a good bet, but school budget cuts have squeezed the job market in recent years, Merlo said.

More than anything, however, the forum might offer solace to military spouses juggling Army life and professional aspirations.

Merlo said she was a one-time military spouse, as are many of CTC's employees.

"We know what it's like to be a military spouse and move and have to start over again each time," she said.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mayborn Planetarium (Building 152) on the CTC campus.

Guest speakers include representatives from Fort Hood's Employment Readiness Program, the CTC financial aid and veterans' services department, the Central Texas Workforce Center, the CTC Career Center and other employment assistance agencies. A resource fair and free lunch will follow.

For more information, call (254) 526-1223.

Contact Colleen Flaherty at or (254) 501-7559.

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