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					“Now that I’ve got the experience, I’m much more ready to get on an Agency fire crew. I’m working toward my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certification and used my Ameri-Corps Education Awards to help pay for the courses.”
Ben Pedolsky, Corpsmember, Southwest Youth Corps, CO

“ I am definitely using my AmeriCorps Ed Award to go to the Culinary Institute of America to get a degree as an Executive Chef and ultimately get my own business or restaurant in New York or Detroit.”
Warren Norris, Corpsmember, Youth Resource Development Corporation, NY

This brochure and accompanying booklet were produced by the

National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC)
666 Eleventh Street, NW Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20001 202.737.6272 www.nascc.org

NASCC currently runs a large national AmeriCorps Education Awards Program. Since 2000, over 9,500 corpsmembers in 75 corps across the country have enrolled in NASCC’s Ed Awards Program.

NASCC unites and supports corps as a preeminent strategy for achieving the nation’s youth development, community service and environmental restoration goals.

For more information contact Leslie Wilkoff, Ed Awards Program Director lwilkoff@nascc.org

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

OF SERVICE AND CONSERVATION CORPS

“I’m not going to college, so why would I want an AmeriCorps Education Award?”
Non-Traditional Uses of the Ed Award

Non-traditional use of the AmeriCorps Education Award means that you are able to use your Education Award for courses other than a 4-year degree program. Vouc hers may be used in a variety of creative ways to fit your specific needs and life-goals. Other School Expenses In addition to tuition, most schools allow you to use the voucher to be used for books and supplies. Check with the Financial Aid Office at your school for other allowable expenses such as housing and computers. Time You have seven years to use the Ed Award, so even if you are uncertain of your career path now, you have plenty of time to decide. Enrich Your Life Even if you already have a college degree, the Education Award can be used locally for Continuing Education or personal enrichment classes. How the Ed Award Works
www.americ orps.org/members/edaward.html

Maximize the Value of your Ed Award

www.nationalservice.org/resources/epicenter

Ed Awards and Taxes
www.americorps.org/members/taxinfo.html

Acting and Entertainment

Automotive Technician Building and Construction Trades Cosmetologist Culinary Arts Dance Massage Therapist Midwife Mortuary Science Truck Driver Welder

Eligible Schools You may use your AmeriCorps Education Award Voucher at any Title IV School. With today’s technology there are many internet sites that give you the opportunity to search for the school you want based on your interests. Whether you want to become a pilot, barber, fashion model, entertainer, truck driver, or professional chef, you can search

for schools that offer those types of courses. Websites Check these websites for your area of interest. www.petersons.com www.collegeboard.com www.collegeview.com You can also “Google” a specific topic or type of school for additional listings. Once you’ve found a school offering the right courses, check U.S. Department of Education Title IV Schools at www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0203/fslookup.htm to make sure it is a Title IV school.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE AND CONSERVATION CORPS

“I’m not going to college, so why would I want an AmeriCorps Education Award?”

Non-Traditional Uses of the Ed Award

The National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC) currently runs a large national AmeriCorps Education Awards Program. Since 2000 over 9,500 corpsmembers in 75 corps across the country have enrolled in NASCC’s Ed Awards Program. NASCC unites and supports corps as a preeminent strategy for achieving the nation’s youth development, community service and environmental restoration goals. 666 Eleventh Street, NW - Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20001 202.737.6272 phone 202.737.6277 fax www.nascc.org For more information contact Leslie Wilkoff, Ed Awards Program Director lwilkoff@nascc.org

“I have more sense of purpose of what I’m going to

accomplish in the future. I also feel more organized and responsible due to my experiences at the Corps.” - Elisha Feathers, Corpsmember, Pennsylvania Conservation Corps

Research for this publication was based solely on anecdotes by former corpsmembers and information currently available and easily accessible. The interviews with corpsmembers were conducted over the phone and the research on different types of education award usage and educational institutions was done through the U.S. Department of Education website, the Internet and various periodicals.
Document updated May 2004

INTRODUCTION
This document and its accompanying brochure were designed to address the needs of a faction of our corpsmembers who don’t plan to continue their education in a traditional four year de-greed program. Not only can this serve as a tool to encourage current corpsmembers to join NASCC’s Education Awards Program, but it may be used as a recruitment tool as well. By sharing this information with your corpsmembers, everyone is given the opportunity to make an informed decision about their future. NASCC

member corps have permission to copy these documents for their corpsmembers.

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions.

QQ::Why should I enroll in the Ed Awards Program? AA::It’s a great way to achieve the goals that fit the diverse lifestyles of young
adults. Career options range from Auto Mechanics to Chefs or Message Therapists.

QQ::What if I don’t plan to continue my education? AA::You have seven years to use the vouchers. Once you’ve completed your term in
the Corps, you may feel differently. Or, you may want to work for a year or so after leaving the Corps and before using your education award.

QQ::How can I use the education award? AA::You can use your ed award in any of the following ways, or a combination of
them: -Repay qualified student loans; -Pay towards current educational expenses at a qualified school; and/or -Pay current educational expenses while participating in an approved schoolto-work program.

QQ::Is it true that the Ed Award could only be used for two or four year degreed
programs at colleges or universities? AA::The Ed Award can be used at any educational institution, including trade and technical schools, as long as the institution is listed under the U.S. Department of Education Title IV schools category. To determine if your school is an eligible institution, ask your financial aid administrator, visit the U.S. Department of Education's listing of Title IV schools www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0203/fslookup.htm, or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243. QQ::What exactly can I use the voucher for?

AA:: In addition to tuition, most schools allow books and supplies. Some may
include computers, campus housing and other related expenses. Consult the Financial Aid Office at individual schools for details. People in adult-or continuing-education programs cannot use their education awards to pay for computers, housing, and other items that may be included in the allowable expenses for a student in a degree program. However, they may use it for tuition, books and supplies.

QQ:: What must I do to get my education award after my term of service? AA:: Once you have successfully completed your term of service, NASCC certifies

completion of your Term of Service which is sent to the Trust electronically. Within 30 days of receiving this certification, the Trust sends you a Voucher and Payment Request form, along with a cover letter and instructions for completing the voucher. The Trust sends your voucher to the address listed on your End of Term Form. Please inform the Trust if you change your address at any time during the seven years you have to use the award. Present the voucher to your loan holder or the school you plan to attend. The loan holder or school completes and returns the voucher to the Corporation for payment. The Trust sends the payment directly to the school or loan holder, not to you. The Trust will notify you that a payment has been made and send you a new voucher showing any balance in your Trust account. If you do not receive your voucher within three weeks of the Trust's receipt of the End of Term Form, contact your Supervisor or other staff member at your Corps. If you need a duplicate voucher, send an email to edawardvoucher@cns.go v. Be sure to include your name and social security number.

QQ:: What else do I need to know about the education award? AA:: Here are a few items you need to know:
-You cannot transfer the education award to any other individual. -The Trust does not make payments to anyone other than qualified schools and loan holders. See your financial aid counselor for information on how they handle disbursements and reimbursements. -If you withdraw from the school at which you have used the education award, the school may be required to refund the Trust. If any refund is owed, it is credited to your education award "account," and is subject to the sevenyear time limit. For general information on how withdrawing from school may affect your student financial aid, go to U.S. Department of Education's Student Guidebook. -Under certain circumstances, you can use the education award to study outside the U.S. Contact the National Service Trust for further information. QQ::Do I have to pay taxes on the Ed Award?

AA:: Payments made from Education Awards are considered taxable income in the ye
ar that the Corporation makes the payment to the school or loan holder.

QQ::Am I eligible for any tax relief? AA:: While you are responsible for taxes on your education award and other
AmeriCorps benefits, you may be eligible for other tax relief through the Taxpayer Relief Act of

1997. See the AmeriCorps website page on tax credits or the U.S. Department of Education's website page on the Hope Scholarship for more information. Issues about income taxes are very complicated. Check the IRS website for more detailed information regarding the tax laws for higher education benefits. You can download the form and the publication from their site. The important point to remember is that you should consider the tax consequences of any decisions you make about when and how to use your education award. Basic Tax Form Questions from the AmeriCorps website: What is a W-2? Your W-2 will include the taxable portions of your living allowance, but it will not include any payments from your education award. Education award payments will be included in a 1099 form. What is a 1099? AmeriCorps members are required to pay federal and local income taxes on any portion of the education award or interest payment made on their behalf. The 1099 is the IRS form that reports to you the total of these payments. The 1099 includes all payments that were sent to the school or lending institution before the end of the calendar year. Looking for your W-2? Unless you were an AmeriCorps * VISTA or NCCC member, your W-2 for your time as an AmeriCorps member will come from the program where you served. To update your address with the National Service Trust or to request a duplicate Education Award voucher e-mail edawardvoucher@cns.gov. For more information about the education award and the National Service Trust you can call toll-free 1-888-507-5962. People in the Washington, DC, area can call (202) 606-5000 x 347. You may use this number to notify the Trust of a change in your address, request a duplicate voucher, learn the status of your education award, and learn the status of a payment you requested. For additional tax information go to http://www.americorps.org/members/taxinfo.html

Sample College Listing

Some schools and technical institutes specialize in one subject but others offer a wide range of career fields. Take for instance the Pennsylvania College of

Technology in Williamsport, PA (www.pct.edu). They offer Bachelor of Science degrees, Associate degrees and certificates. Here are some of the fields of interest offered: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees focus on applied technology including automotive techno logy management; aviation maintenance technology; building automation technology; com-puter-aided product design; computer information technology (concentrations in IT security specialist, network specialist, technical support specialist, and Web and applications development); construction management; culinary arts technology; dental hygiene (concentrations in health policy and administration and special population care); electronics engineering techno logy; environmental technology management; graphic communications management; graphic design; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technology; legal assistant/paralegal studies; manufacturing engineering technology; nursing; physician assistant studies; residential construction technology and management; technology management; and welding and fabrication engineering technology. Associate degrees (A.A.S., A.A.A., A.A., or A.S.) include advertising art; automotive service sales and marketing; automotive technology (including Ford and Toyota industrysponsored majors); aviation technology; baking and pastry arts; building construction technology; building construction technology (masonry emphasis); collision repair technology; computer information systems (emphases in Cisco technology, information technology technician, network technology, technical support technology, and Web and applications technology); culinary arts technology; dental hygiene; diesel technology (including a Mack Trucks industry-sponsored major); electric power generation technology; electrical technology; electromechanical maint e-nance technology; electronics technology (emphases in Cisco systems, communications/fiber optics, computer-automation maintenance, electronics engineering technology, industrial process control, and semiconductor processing technology); environmental technology; floral design/interior plantscape; forest technology; graphic communications technology; health arts; health information technology; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technology; heavy construction equipment technology (emphases in Caterpillar industrysponsored, operator, or technician); hospitality management; human services; individual studies; landscape/ nursery technology; landscape/nursery technology (turfgrass management emphasis); legal assistant (paralegal) studies; mass media communication; nursing; occupational therapy assistant; office information technology (emphases in medical office information, specialized office information, or Web design); paramedic technology; physical fitness specialist; toolmaking technology; and welding technology. Certificate majors are offered in automotive service technician, aviation maintenance technician, cabinetmaking and millwork, collision repair technician, computer applications techno logy, construction carpentry, diesel technician, electrical occupations, machinist general, plumbing, practical nursing, and welding.

College Search

With today’s technology there are many internet sites that give you the opportunity to search for the school yo u want based on your interests. Whether you want to become a barber, fashion model, pilot, entertainer, truck driver, or professional chef, you can search for schools that offer those types of courses! Check these websites for your area of interest. You can also “Google” a type of school for additional listings. Once you’ve found the right school, check U.S. Department of Education Title IV Schools at www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0203/fslookup.htm to make sure it is a Title IV school (so you can use the voucher).

www.petersons.com
Education Search Colleges & Universities General Search Keyword Search – enter the subject you want to study (i.e. automotive) -click Results A list of schools offering that subject will appear- click on one for detailed information.

www.collegeboard.com
College Quick finder Advanced Search Choose the type of search you want (i.e. Majors & Academics) Next to #1 enter the subject you want to study (i.e. pilot) and click “go”. Next to #2 they may offer more specific majors in that field. You can highlight one or two of those majors and then click “add to list” or you can choose click “add all” and search for schools that offer each of those specific majors. As you scroll down you will see other search options that you can choose to better find a school that suits your needs. You can continue to narrow your college search by choosing some of these options, or if you just want to search by the subject go to the end of the page and click “see results”. A list of schools that provide courses for the subject you entered will then appear. Click on a school for detailed information.

www.collegeview.com
College search Pick the type of search you want – if by subject click “Areas of Study” Next there will be a listing of subjects to choose from – click one There will then be a listing of specific majors within that area of study – click the major or majors you want to study and hit “add.” Once you have chosen all of the majors within that area of study go to the bottom and click “search now” A list of schools that provide courses for the subject you entered will then

appear- click on a school for detailed information.

Although we have given you specific steps to search by subject, take time to look around on these sites because they offer a lot of valuable resources, and other search options for anyone getting acquainted with the college search. Good luck!

THE FOLLOWING PAGES CONTAIN A PARTIAL LISTING OF TITLE IV INSTITUTIONS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL USES OF THE AMERICORPS EDUCATION AWARD
PLEASE N OTE: Salaries listed in this publication are industry national average starting salaries in Los Angeles, California, so these will vary across the United States. We were only able to list salaries for a few of the career options mentioned in this publication. We’ve only scratched the surface on the curriculum and career options and only listed a random sampling of schools. Check the Title IV listings and other websites provided in this document for schools in your area and what they have to offer.

Resources
Maximizing the Value of the AmeriCorps Ed Award
www.nationalservice.org/resources/epicenter Go to “Find a Practice” and type: Education Award Check out a document written for CNCS by Brandon Rogers at http://www.etr.org/NSRC/pdfs/fellows/rogers.pdf

The AmeriCorps website How the Ed Award Works
www.americorps.org/members/edaward.html

U.S. Department of Education Title IV Schools
www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw0203/fslookup.htm

To search schools by subject, try these websites
www.petersons.com www.collegeboard.com www.collegeview.com

For more information about AmeriCorps contact the Corporation for National and

Community Service
1-888-507-5962 www.cns.gov or www.americorps.org

ACTING/THEATER/FILMAKING SCHOOL
Program Terms .  Range from a six-week intensive Shakespeare program to a full twoyear conservatory program .  AADA programs range from a 6-week summer program to a two or three year professional training program. Curriculum Conservatory program includes every fundamental aspect of acting Learn different techniques of acting, improvisation, voice and speech control and stage combat Career Options Theatre companies from NY to Hollywood Television Industry Movie Industry

Sample Schools* American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) - NY and Hollywood www.aada.org Brooks Institute of Photography -Santa Barbara, CA 888-394-3456 (also video and filmmaking) College of Santa Fe - NM www.csf.edu Stella Adler Studio of Acting - NY www.stellaadler.com

AUTOMOTIVE SCHOOLS
Program Terms: Range from seven months for certification programs to approximately two years for the degree programs Basic 45-week automotive technology program to a full 57-week race car mechanic program at the NASCAR Technical Institute Curriculum: Programs in Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Autotronics Technology, Collision Repair and for Automotive Service Technicians. Career Options: Certificate holders: Automotive apprentices or gene ral line technicians Diploma or Degree holders: Engine specialists or shop foremen NASCAR pit crew

Sample Schools* Arizona Automotive Institute www.azautoinst.com Automotive Training Center - PA www.autotraining.com NASCAR Technical Institute - NC www.ntieducation.com

New York Automotive and Diesel Institute www.newyorkadi.com

BEAUTY/COSMETOLOGY SCHOOLS
Program Terms Most certification programs run less than a year. Curriculum Prepare students for the state’s cosmetology board licensing exam. Career Options Manicurist Skincare specialist Electrolysis technician Hair stylist Make-up artists

Starting annual salary Hairdresser $ 25,537 Manicurist $ 17,643

Sample Schools* Beauty Schools of America - Miami, FL (305) 362-9003 Empire Beauty Schools (32 campuses in PA, NJ, GA & MD) www.empirebeauty.com Avance Beauty College - San Diego, CA (800) 295-8390

BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL

Program Terms Academic and technical programs are offered. Curriculum No information available. Career Options Carpenter Construction worker for homes or commercial buildings Brick and Stone Mason Electrician or HVAC Mechanic

Sample School* State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi (607)746-4558 enroll@delhi.edu Community College of Denver - CO (303) 556-2430 emita.samuels@ccd.cccoes.edu

CULINARY SCHOOLS
Program Terms

Associate degree programs typically run for about 12 to 15 months and career options include working as gourmet chef and variety of jobs in the hospitality and culinary industry. Curriculum Intensive courses for Baking and Pastry Arts certification Associate of Occupational Studies degree in Culinary Arts Externship programs to complement the academic program to gain real-world cooking experience by training in some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels in the country Career Options Chef (sous chef, pastry chef, or other at restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas, schools) Baker Restaurateur Caterer

Sample Schools* California Culinary Academy - San Francisco www.baychef.com Scottsdale Culinary Institute - AZ www.scichefs.com The Culinary Institute of America - NY www.ciachef.edu
“ I am definitely using my AmeriCorps Ed Award to go to the Culinary Institute of America to get a degree as an Executive Chef a nd ultimately get my own business or restaurant in New York or Detroit.” -Warren Norris, Corpsmember, Youth Resource Development Corporation, NY

DANCE SCHOOL

Program Terms Range from the six-week summer intensive program to the threeyear professional program. Curriculum Courses include training in different types of dance, such as tap, ballet, jazz, modern, African, Irish step dance and swing. Other academic courses include dance history and music theory. U of MN employs local dance artists with national and international reputations to teach the students. Students give many local performances throughout the year. Career Options Dance companies On and Off Broadway shows Back-up dancers for singers Choreographer Dance teacher Music videos Movies and Television

Sample Schools* Dance Theatre of Harlem - NY www.dancetheatreofharlem.com Towson University - Towson, MD www.discover.towson.edu University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus (800) 752-1000

Emergency Medical Technician (Basic Training)
Program Terms Typically four months (120 hours) of classroom and field training plus inhospital observation and training. Curriculum Training in emergency medical care with an ambulance service. Anatomy, physiology and treatment of medical illnesses and traumatic injuries frequently encountered in pre-hospital settings. Covers patient assessment, stabilization, treatment and transport. Assistance in preparing for the EMT state-certification exam.

Career Options Emergency Medical Technician with an ambulance service. Firefighter (combined with Firefighter training). Paramedic (combined with Paramedic training).

Sample Schools* Many community and technical colleges offer EMT courses. Check with local colleges for course availability. Erie Community College – Buffalo, NY www.sunyerie.edu Merritt College – Oakland, CA www.merritt.edu The Community Colleges of CO (many campuses) www.rightchoice.org

“Now that I’ve got the experience, I’m much more ready to get on an Agency fire crew. I’m working toward my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certification and used my AmeriCorps Ed Awards to help pay for the courses.”

Massage Therapy Schools
Program Terms Range from nine to sixteen months, depending on the amount of coursework for a Diploma in Professional Massage Therapy. Curriculum Courses include massage techniques from all around the world, lessons in human anatomy and physiology, acupressure, and uses of alternative medicine.

Sample Schools* Apollo College -Phoenix & Tucson, AZ (602) 433-1333 (520) 888-5885 Ashmead College School of Massage - Seattle, WA (206) 440-3090 Lakeside School of Massage Therapy - Madison & Milwaukee, WI www.lakesideschoolmassage.org New York Institute of Massage - Buffalo www.nyinstituteofmassage.com

MIDWIFERY SCHOOL

Program Terms Certification in Midwifery Education Program (MEP) takes about 27 months. Curriculum Offer direct-entry midwifery programs, which means that education in nursing is not a prerequisite MEP curriculum covers midwifery care, gynecology, postpartum care and professional issues, such as instructions in physical, emotional, psychosocial, sexual, and political aspects of midwifery care. Career Options Midwife Childbirth educator

Sample School* Seattle Midwifery School www.seattlemidwifery.org

MORTUARY SCIENCE SCHOOL

Program Terms Range from an accelerated one year Associate Degree program to a three and a half year Degree program. Curriculum Academic courses include embalming theory, cremation fundamentals, restorative art and funeral planning. Career Options

Sample Schools* The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science - OH www.ccms.edu Mesa Community College - AZ www.mc.maricopa.edu San Francisco College of Mortuary Science - CA www.sfcms.org

National Outdoor Leadership School
Program Terms Range from the 14-day skiing program in Teton Valley, Idaho to the 75-day Chilean Patagonia expedition. Curriculum Combination of leadership and teamwork classes, wilderness and cultural experiences, and outdoors activities such as kayaking, mountaineering, hiking, and cave exploration.

Career Options Outdoor sports instructor Environmental education instructor Work in various Federal agencies i.e. National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service or in State Parks and other agencies around the country Professional extreme sports athlete

Sample School* The NOLS courses are only offered through participating colleges. Please check with your local colleges if they have a partnership with NOLS.

Julia used her AmeriCorps Education Award to enroll in a NOLS course through the Central Wyoming College. She opted for the Southwest USA program, a 77-day course that included backpacking in the Mazatzal Wilderness in central Arizona, rock climbing in the Dragoon Mountains in southern Arizona, exploring the extensive underground cave system in the world-famous Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico, and canoeing down the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Texas.
-Julia Stephens, Former Corpsmember, Southwest Youth

Corps

Truck Driving Schools
Program Terms Typically three to four weeks of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or a Class B -Straight Truck course. Curriculum

Training

No information available.

Sample Schools* Diesel Institute of America - Baltimore, MD www.dieselinstitute.com HDS Truck Driving Institute - Tucson, AZ www.hdsdrivers.com Hamrick Truck Driving School - Medina, OH www.hamricktruck.com Alexandria Technical College - Alexandria, MN www.alextech.org

WELDING SCHOOLS

Program Terms Range from a three month structural welding course to a fourteen month Associate of Occupational Studies in Welding Technology degree program. Curriculum No information available. Career Options Constructio n company

Utility company Automotive industry Sculptor

Sample Schools* ICT School of Welding - PA www.ictschoolofwelding.com Hobart Institute of Welding Technology - OH www.welding.org New Castle School of Trades - Pulaski, PA (800) 837-8299


				
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