FAQ - Student Services

The Office of Career Services offers a variety of services to assist in career exploration and success. Some of our tangible and non-tangible services consist of job search assistance, resume and cover letter critiques, thank you letter composition, interview guidance, career and professional development and more. 

The Office of Career Services is open 5 days a week from Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Appointments are scheduled Monday -Thursday Please call or email pleyva@ciat.edu/ 619-535-6936 to request an appointment.

Resume assistance is offered during individual appointments in the Office of career services, make your appointment with Laura Bowden Monday through Thursday 9:am to 5:00 pm.Please call or email pleyva@ciat.edu/ 619-535-6936 to request an appointment.

Career Services has many resources to assist you in your career exploration. Make an appointment to discuss your individual goals or join The Office of Career Services, any day Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please contact Student Services for additional information.

We work with students who have completed their certificates along with their certifications find employment with over 200 companies and recruiters.  Please reach out to Ms. Priscilla Leyva, career services coordinator, pleyva@ciat.edu/ or 619-535-6936 to make an appointment to review your resume and job options.

Here are just a few to name for you, but we also work with (San Diego Workforce Partnership for paid internships/as well as Computer 2 Kids San Diego for internships Non-paid with little no experience

  • Begelectric
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Manpower Technical
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Qualstaffing for Information Technolog
  • Decypher Technoligies

It is of utmost importance to have an up-to-date and relevant resume and to have it formatted so that it is easy for hiring managers, HR Professionals AND Applicant Tracking Systems to scan it.  Typically a person reading your email will give it 10 seconds and if they do not view anything relevant to the job they are looking to fill, they will move on to the next.

It is a highly competitive market and of you have not taken the time to create a marketable resume, you will not rise to the top of the heap.

A well written resume that features your Technical Skills and Certifications will land you interviews! 

If you have promising job possibilities in store for you that are a “given” then you probably have your bases covered.  That’s awesome!  However, if you do not have a job lined up or are a transitioning military professional or new to the IT Field, then utilizing the support of Career Services is essential to your success. We can help you with creating a professional resume, career advice, interview skills and mock interviews to prepare you for the real world interviews that can be daunting. Your education and Certs from CIAT are valued by employers and they are constantly looking for talent via Career Services –  if we know you, we will refer you to employers along with an endorsement.  We can also introduce you to employers when they come to the campus for Career Fairs. 

We cannot “promise” you a job, but we are certainly committed to providing you with the tools you will need to get you there.  It takes a combination of you being proactive and utilizing the tools introduced to you by Career Services. You might just learn a little more about yourself in the process!


Stipends related to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, per the Department of Veterans Affairs, are a private matter between the VA and the student. Per VA guidance, the student is to start by contacting the VA at 1-888-442-4551. Then after you contact the VA please contact your CIAT veterans’ education representative if further action is required. 

The information is sent each term to the student by the VA or the information can be obtained fromwww.ebenefits.va.gov or by calling (888) 442-4551. 

First, don’t panic. There are many reasons the VA sends these letters..

Please send or bring a copy of the letter to your veterans’ education representative at CIAT. Feel free to either drop off a copy of the letter at either the Mission Valley or South Bay campuses. You may also email a copy of the letter to your CIAT representative or finance@ciat.edu.

The only courses that may be approved for VA educational benefits are those required for the degree/certificate objective and that have not previously been successfully completed. Please refer to your education plan, school catalog and consult with your Admissions Representative or student services to verify that the courses you are enrolled in are approved for program completion or graduation.

Federal law requires any changes in enrollment status that may affect VA education benefits be reported. Any changes to your class schedule (i.e. drops or leave of absence) may have an impact on your VA education benefits. If you change your schedule, notify Student Services immediately to avoid any possible overpayment and potential debt to the VA and/or CIAT.

To avoid possible overpayment by the VA and additional unexpected costs to the student, all VA Benefit users (especially Post 9/11 GI Bill [Ch. 33]) are encouraged to keep track of their remaining entitlement. The information is sent each term to the student by the VA or the information can be obtained from www.ebenefits.va.gov or by calling (888) 442-4551. There may be additional funding available to you such as Pell grants, student loans, private loans, VA Vocational Rehab and others. For information on these, please schedule an appointment with your CIAT Finance Representative. You can request an appointment via email at finance@ciat.edu.

FAQ - Financial Aid

 To determine your eligibility for need-based aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are encouraged to apply online.Your FAFSA cannot be submitted before January 1 but should be submitted before March 2 for priority consideration. You will need to resubmit the FAFSA every year you apply for need-based aid. Apply Now!  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  www.fafsa.ed.gov. CIAT’s school code is: 042598. 

There are two different types of federal financial aid available, grants and loans. Grants are funds dispersed on an at need basis and does not require pay-back. Loans are provided to the students with expectation of payback and at interest.

Financial aid is calculated on an individual basis of financial need. To begin your application process, follow these 3 steps.

  1. Apply: The first step in obtaining financial aid is to complete the FAFSA (fafsa.gov).The FAFSA serves as the initial application for most Federal Aid Programs and is used to establish your eligibility for financial assistance. Our school code is 042598. You will need this when filling out your FAFSA. You will also need financial documents, such as tax returns and pay stubs to complete the application. After your application has been submitted, the Department of Education will generate a Student Aid Report (SAR) that calculates your need and determines your expected family contribution (EFC). You must re-apply for FAFSA for every year you are enrolled in college.
  2. Processing: After your application is submitted and the Department of Education calculates your EFC (Estimated Financial Contribution), we will receive a copy of your application and begin processing how much financial aid, in the form of grants and loans, you will be awarded.
  3. Award: Once your financial aid award has been determined and you qualify for aid, you will be given a choice to accept the grants or loans awarded. You must sign your MPN (Master Promissory Note) before you receive your funds. To participate in any financial aid programs, you must have been accepted into a higher education program.

Refunds are issued when there is a credit balance to a student’s account. Upon receipt of any type of financial aid (veterans’ education benefits, scholarships, loans, grants, etc.) the funds are first posted against any balance owed. When a credit balance is created a refund may be issued at that time

FAQ - Student Services

Please send an email to transcripts@ciat.edu to request an official or unofficial CIAT transcript from our Registrar Ed Brancheau. It is a highly competitive market and of you have not taken the time to create a marketable resume, you will not rise to the top of the heap. A well written resume that features your Technical Skills and Certifications will land you interviews!  

Please have official transcripts (official transcripts are defined as unopened, in sealed envelope from the sending College/University) sent to the attention of Records Specialist Wayne Cross (wcross@ciat.edu). Transcripts can be hand delivered, mailed or sent electronically.  Once evaluated, you will receive a transfer credit letter from our Education Specialist, Richard Mikesell.

NOTE: Please make sure any physical official transcripts are unopened. Any opened copies will not be accepted as official.

Check your student portal or contact your Records Specialist. Below, please find contact information:

A-L Wayne Cross

  M-Z Shantal Montano

If your last name is A-L, you can contact Records Specialist, Wayne Cross (wcross@ciat.edu)

 If your last name is M-Z, you can contact Records Specialist, Shantal Montano (smontano@ciat.edu). 

You can also contact the Student Records Manager who is Melissa Kingston (mkingston@ciat.edu).

If you do not see the class, or the time of day/week for a class that you would like to take, you can make a request. However, this request is not a guarantee that it will be created. The creation of a class is based on classroom availability, instructor availability, and demand for the class.

If you would like to meet with someone about academic advising, you can contact our Records Specialist, Wayne Cross (wcross@ciat.edu).

 Please complete the Petition to Graduate form (PTG). Contact your assigned Student Services Coordinator to receive the link for the PTG form or you can obtain the form on the CIAT website under the Student Services tab> Student Forms > Petition to Graduate form. 

You will receive your degree or certificate within 6 weeks of program completion. 


Apply Online at our careers page. Due to the large number of applications submitted, we are unable to contact each applicant individually, unless you are selected for an interview. We appreciate your interest in working with CIAT and the time you invested in applying for the position.