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Certificate & Non-Degree

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.

Program highlights

Employability

  • 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

Flexibility

  • 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

Certifications

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

Request information
Email wav2t@stmartin.edu
Call (360) 688-2970
Text (360) 252-9265

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.

Schedule a campus tour here.
Or take a virtual tour here.

Read our FAQ here

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)

  • Focus on python, SQL, T-SQL, Java, JavaScript/ASP.NET; data structures and algorithms, developing cloud solutions
  • 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)

Cybersecurity Administration

  • Focus on advanced networking, ethical hacking, threat intelligence, web and app security
  • Careers include information and security analyst, security engineer, penetration tester, and more
  • Cloud Practitioner Foundational (exam voucher provided)

Take a detailed look at courses in each pathway and key focus areas here.

Term: Fall 2024

Program Dates:  August 26 to December 13, 2024
Application Deadline:  August 14, 2024

Term: Spring 2025

Program Dates: January 13 to May 9, 2025
Application Deadline: December 18, 2024

Term: Summer 2025

Program Dates: May 12 to August 22, 2025
Applications will open on or around August 1, 2024

***Active duty applicants should aim to complete their applications at least 10 days before the deadline to allow CSP/Skillbridge approval processing time***

Interested? Start your no-cost application here.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Cybersecurity applicants are also required to meet one of the following criteria (new prerequisite):
    • Have at least one year of applicable IT experience (confirmed with service documents or a basic resume).
    • Hold a valid CompTIA certification (A+, Network+, Security+, etc.). Expired certifications are not accepted.
    • Be a successful WaV2T graduate from the CAD or SCA pathways.
  5. 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: usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dhr-tap-outreach@army.mil.

After reviewing the above information, if you have additional questions please contact the JBLM Transition Assistance Program at 253-967-3258 or usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dhr-tap-outreach@army.mil.

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
      Email: worksourcejblm@esd.wa.gov
      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 mgarrido@stmartin.edu 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
  • Lodging
  • Utilities​
  • Food​

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 assistance@aerhq.org.

2023-2024 | Fall 2023 through Summer 2024

  • Tuition:  $21,800
  • 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.

2024-2025 | Fall 2024 through Summer 2025

  • Tuition:  $22,450
  • Fees:  $880*  (Server and Cloud Application and Cloud Application Development pathways)
  • Fees:  $1,500*  (Cybersecurity Administration pathway)
  • Optional housing:  No cost for active duty using Chapter 33 VA benefits, $2,895.00 for all others. All applicants pay a $200 refundable deposit with application.
  • WaV2T students staying on campus are not required to purchase a meal plan, but may elect to purchase a meal plan at their own expense.

* 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

Degree
Certificate
Program Type
Certificate
Campus
Main (Lacey)
Saint Martin's-JBLM
Type of Instruction
In Person
School
Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
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Learn more about the WAVets2Tech Program

Please join us Tuesdays at 9:30am PT or 3:00pm PT for more information about our Washington Vets to Tech program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get assistance with the application process. You can join us via Microsoft Teams on your desktop or connect with the app on your phone.

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Career development

Career Development Managers (CDM) provide professional development to transitioning service members, veterans, and spouses for placement into a career within the high-tech job market.

CDM instructional material includes:

Military to civilian transition guidance
Resume & cover letters
Creating professional LinkedIn profiles
Interview preparation
Facilitating mentor and hiring partner briefings
Assistance with job search/placement

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Residence Halls

If you are flying or driving to Washington state it is recommended at that you apply for housing as soon as possible, or no later than 30 days prior to the start date of the term. All applicants must pay a $200 refundable deposit at the time of application submission. Move-in will typically be the weekend before the term starts, and will be communicated directly by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Start your housing application here.

Active duty

Room in residence halls is available at no cost
No cost rate applies to Baran Hall only; students may apply for other residence halls at their own expense

Veterans and spouses

$2,895.00 per semester
Search for Saint Martin's University for the MHA rate using the VA Benefits Comparison Tool

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2023-2024 Military Friendly® School

Saint Martin's University is honored to be awarded the gold 2023-24 Military Friendly® school distinction.

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First Purple Heart University in Washington

The Military Order of the Purple Heart designated Saint Martin’s the first Purple Heart university or college in Washington state. The designation is in recognition of Saint Martin’s history of supporting veterans and their families.

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