Washington Vets to Tech (WaV2T)
The 16-week Washington Vets to Tech certificate program provides computer science and information technology education, training, and professional development to active-duty service members in their last 6 months of service, veterans with an honorable or general discharge, and spouses of active-duty military or eligible veterans. Sessions begin each August, January and May.
Why Saint Martin's University?
Available to active-duty service members in their last 6 months of service; veterans with an honorable or general discharge; and spouses of active duty military or eligible veterans.
Face to face instruction over 16-weeks on our Lacey campus and JBLM classrooms. Three opportunities to enroll each year in the Spring (January to May), Summer (May to August) and Fall (August to December).
Attend classes in-person at our Lacey campus and JBLM classroom, earn college credits, prepare for your IT career.
No out of pocket costs for students using VA funding.
- Average graduate starting salary $75k-89k
- 90% employment within 180 days after graduation
- 45% of students enrolled in the program earn at least one IT certificate
- Earn a certificate in Computer Science that carries college credit, is regionally accredited, and is in demand by employers
- Train on the largest cloud providers, AWS and Azure
- Professional development provided throughout the program for resume building, interview preparation, and job search techniques
- Support is continued after graduation until employment
- Some current hiring partners include Amazon, Oracle, Washington State, TekSystems, and others
- Choose your pathway: Server and Cloud Application (SCA), Cloud Application Development (CAD), or Cybersecurity Administration
- Classes offered on the Lacey campus and at Joint-Base Lewis McChord
- Full-time, in-person delivery Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
- Small class sizes
- Instructors with professional technology industry backgrounds
The course content in each pathway is designed to help students learn key skills essential for success in the workforce. Additionally, these courses align with IT certification focus areas, including AWS and CompTIA, to prepare students for certification exams. Two certification exam vouchers are included in the lab fees. WaV2T reserves the right to change certification exam vouchers included under the voucher program.
Get in touch
Join us every Tuesday for an information brief and Q&A at 9:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. PT via Microsoft Teams.
Washington Vets to Tech (WaV2T) Requirements
Saint Martin's offers three cohort opportunities each year; each cohort is 16 weeks in length:
- Spring (January to May)
- Summer (May to August)
- Fall (August to December)
There are three pathway options for each of these cohorts:
Server and Cloud Application (SCA)
- Focus on networking fundamentals, operations, troubleshooting, security, cloud computing, hardware
- Careers include junior network administrator, datacenter support technician, network engineer, system administrator, and more
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Foundational (exam voucher provided)
Cloud Application Development (CAD)
- Careers include cloud application developer, software engineer, application software developer, full stack engineer, and more
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (exam voucher provided)
- AWS Certified Developer Associate (exam voucher provided)
- Focus on advanced networking, ethical hacking, threat intelligence, web and app security
- Careers include information and security analyst, security engineer, penetration tester, and more
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (exam voucher provided)
Take a detailed look at courses in each pathway and key focus areas here.
Term: Summer 2024
Program Dates: May 6 to August 16, 2024
Application Deadline: April 26, 2024
Term: Fall 2024
Program Dates: August 26 to December 13, 2024
Application Deadline: August 14, 2024
Term: Spring 2025
The applications below are currently closed and will open on a later date in 2024 TBD, no later than August 5, 2024
Program Dates: January 13 to May 9, 2025
Application Deadline: December 18, 2024
Interested? Start your no-cost application here.
- Application: Create an account and start your application. Don't have all the prerequisites on hand? You can still submit your application and come back to upload additional materials later.
- Proof of Service: We require specific documentation based on your status as a service member on active duty, a veteran, or a military spouse. Please review this document to determine which supporting materials should be uploaded with your application.
- Math prerequisite: Equivalent to Saint Martin's MTH 101 College Algebra with a grade of C or higher. You can meet this prerequisite by submitting unofficial transcripts, take our math placement exam, or take a college algebra course at SMU or another university
- Unofficial transcripts - Upload transcripts from the college or university where you earned the math credit. We cannot accept math that shows as a transfer credit.
- Math Placement Exam - Free and online, a 50-minute exam with 22/32 will meet the prerequisite. Applicants will have access to the math placement exam link and recommended study materials after submitting an application.
- College algebra course - Take a college algebra course with Saint Martin's or another university. Send the course description to us if attending another university. The course must be complete with a letter grade to meet the prerequisite. Applicants may upload their unofficial transcript to their application. Contact the SMU-JBLM team for more information about course options at SMU.
- Behavioral Interview: Once prerequisites are met, an interview is scheduled and conducted over the phone. You will receive a notification when you enter the interview queue, and an email when an interview is scheduled. Please contact us to coordinate a different time if needed.
Active duty applicants who are accepted into the program but are still pending CSP/Skillbridge approval will receive a conditional admit, and will be granted a full admit when we receive an emailed copy of the approved CSP/Skillbridge form. This must be complete and submitted by the application deadline.
Active duty applicants:
- Must be within 180 days of their end-of-service date on the start date of the program to be eligible to participate in the program.
- May apply with Saint Martin's and start the CSP/Skillbridge command approval process at the same time.
- Do not require CSP/Skillbridge approval if on terminal leave at the start date of the program.
Command approval applications
It is now the Service Member's responsibility to compile their CSP or Skillbridge packet for command approval. You MUST initiate this step and route the packet through your chain of command for approval for release to participate in the program.
All branches: review the steps to start your packet here.
Army applicants: download your checklist here and download IMCOM Form 45 with WaV2T information included here. You are responsible for filling out and sending these forms to your command team.
Send checklist & Form 45 (approved or declined by command) to TAP for validation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After reviewing the above information, if you have additional questions please contact the JBLM Transition Assistance Program at 253-967-3258 or email@example.com.
Four months of VA Educational Benefits fund one 16-week pathway
Other funding options include
- VR&E Chapter 31 for veterans with a service connected disability
- Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Chapter 35 for spouses of a veteran or service member who has died or has disabilities
- Substantial scholarships available for those without VA funding
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for service members and spouses without VA benefits, or who will exhaust their VA benefits in less than four months of use.
- The WIOA team independently determines financial assistance eligibility.
- Contact them at:
Phone: (253) 593-7320
Office: Hawk Career Center, 11577 41st Division Dr Room 206, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433
- Students must initiate contact with WIOA no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the program, or funding opportunities may not be available.
It is recommended that students apply for their VA Benefits Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) no later than 30 days before their term start date. Your CoE is used to verify your VA Educational Benefits eligibility and certifies your enrollment upon the start of the term. You can apply for your CoE and find more information here. If you have additional VA Benefits questions, please email Mercedes Garrido at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Veterans Affairs at 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, 5:00am to 4:00pm PT/8:00am to 7:00pm ET.
Out of pocket payments
Students who elect not to use their VA Educational Benefits to cover the program tuition will be required to pay the full tuition and fee rate for the selected term.
Active Army soldiers may be eligible for AER assistance to cover costs relating to:
- Travel expenses (airfare or fuel)
- Uniforms/business attire
- Tools/CSP training supplies
To apply for an AER grant or to learn more, Soldiers may contact their local AER officer or, in the event a local office is inaccessible or located farther than 50 miles away, please contact AER headquarters at email@example.com.
2023-2024 | Fall 2023 through Summer 2024
Fees: $800* (Server and Cloud Application and Cloud Application Development pathways)
Fees: $1,300* (Cybersecurity Administration pathway)
Optional housing: No cost for active duty, $2,895.00 for veterans or military spouses. All applicants pay a $200 refundable deposit with application.
WaV2T students staying on campus are not required to purchase a meal plan.
*Fees may differ by pathway. Subject to change as course materials are updated. VA Benefits cover tuition and fees.
Washington Vets to Tech (WaV2T) at a Glance
- Program Type
- Main (Lacey)
- Saint Martin's-JBLM
- Type of Instruction
- In Person