Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) 

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SOC is a consortium of approximately 1700 colleges and universities that provides educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families. SOC is co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in cooperation with 13 other educational associations, the Military Services, the National Guard, and the Coast Guard. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with AASCU. The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Hundreds of thousands of servicemembers and their family members enroll annually in programs offered by SOC member universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical institutes such as John Wood. Military students may enroll in associate, bachelor, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations, and armories within the United States and overseas.

SOC coordinates associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of curriculum areas for the Army (SOCAD), Army National Guard (SOCGUARD), Coast Guard (SOCCOAST). Marine Corps (SOCMAR), and Navy (SOCNAV). These degree programs are offered by colleges and universities on or accessible to Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy installations worldwide (Servicemembers in isolated locations can take courses online via the Internet, on CD, by video, etc.) Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges agree to accept each other's credits in transfer.

If you would like to have a SOC evaluation of your academic records by JWCC, please contact Lisa Snodgrass. All military transcripts and prior college transcripts must be  received before and evaluation can be completed. The necessary military and academic transcripts can be sent directly to the Registrars  Office, John Wood Community College, 1301 South 48th Street, Quincy, IL, 62305.