FORT KNOX, Ky. — Army Community Service officials at Fort Knox are encouraging military spouses to take advantage of a newly enhanced website they say could greatly increase employment opportunities.
The Department of Defense launched the MySECO website to make career and education resources available for military spouses in a way that is easier and faster than ever.
“It’s a great thing for spouses because it provides a career connection,” said Summer Carney, a Fort Knox ACS specialist. “When they call the 800 number or log in and create an account, the spouses are basically connected with a career coach.”
MySECO is part of the DOD's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, which provides career and education guidance to military spouses worldwide.
The Defense Department established the SECO program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering free, comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections. This program also offers free career coaching services six days a week.
The MySECO enhancements create a more personalized and improved experience for military spouses as they navigate career and education opportunities on the website, according to Patricia Montes Barron, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military, Community and Family Policy.
"SECO connects military spouses with benefits and support that help them overcome barriers to employment, such as frequent relocation," said Barron. "MySECO is an important tool for spouses and we are excited to offer them an easier, faster and more intuitive way to explore their interests, research occupations, and search for scholarships, look for schools and find jobs."
With the enhancements, spouses can more easily access all that SECO has to offer, including the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship, which provides eligible spouses with up to $4,000 for education and training; the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search tool, which searches career openings among the 500 companies and organizations that have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses; the Military Spouse Transition Program; resume reviews; specialized career coaching packages; and more.
"We are all one military community and each of us is unique, said Lee Kelley, director for military community support programs; "that's why SECO offers a wide variety of tools, resources and information to meet the needs of each and every military spouse."
Best of all, said Carney:
“Military spouses are able to utilize these resources free of charge; and they are able to upload their resumes and connect with employers [using the MSEP tool], who are specifically looking for military spouses because they understand the knowledge and resources that military spouses bring to the workforce.”
To learn more about SECO and visit the newly-enhanced MySECO website, go to https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal.