Wednesday, October 9, 2013

College Credit for Heroes

The following is a press release from Joe Michael Feist, Media Relations Director for Tarleton State University;




Tarleton State University and all other Texas A&M University System universities have joined the College Credit for Heroes initiative, a statewide program meant to award college credit to veterans for skills they gained in the military.

System Chancellor John Sharp made the announcement this week during the 5th Annual Military Friendly Symposium, hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station.

“Aligning our institutions with College Credit for Heroes demonstrates our commitment to keeping our military and veterans on track to achieve academic and career success,” said Sharp. “Military training can absolutely match many academic courses, and this program offers substantial efficiencies and savings in time and money for our student veterans.”

Rod Davis, director of the system's Veterans Support Office, told the Bryan-College Station Eagle that the initiative “is one of the most innovative and potentially game changing ways of dealing with veterans and higher education by recognizing that they do have experience. It wasn't this weird thing you went and did for four and five years and now you're coming back into the real world.”

Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission and launched in 2011, College Credit for Heroes is a workforce development initiative designed to recognize the exceptional knowledge and skills gained by veterans and service members during their military service and award them with college credits for this experience, and thus accelerate degree, workforce certificate, and licensing programs, allowing them to more easily re-enter the workforce.

Central Texas College was integral in the development of the College Credit for Heroes Web portal, www.collegecreditforheroes.org, and is working to standardize evaluation of college credit for military training and experience across Texas institutions. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board also supports program expansion by consulting on various military and higher education-related issues and coordinating program partnerships with higher education entities throughout the state.

Veterans can set up an account at www.collegecreditforheroes.org. Once registered, users can access an evaluation of their military experience and training, and request a military transcript from their branch of service to be sent to College Credit for Heroes staff for review. Users may also request that a transcript of awarded credits be sent to a Texas college of their choice. Users also can check the status of evaluations and/or transcript requests, participate in a live chat with a representative, and upload, view and download military evaluation results and related documents.

For more information about College Credit for Heroes, visit www.texasworkforce.org/ccfh and www.collegecreditforheroes.org.

For information about all of Tarleton’s veterans programs, contact Elizabeth Johnson, coordinator of the Military Veterans Service Center, at 254-968-1805 or ejohnson@tarleton.edu


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