Too many Texas veterans are familiar with the situation: during their service to the country, they acquired highly specialized knowledge and skills. Upon leaving the military, the veteran will apply for college—only to be told that none of their prior experience will convert towards credit for a college degree.Texas lacks a statewide system for evaluating college credit earned in the service, meaning that most institutions of higher learning have no way of translating a veteran’s military career into appropriate placement or certification.Few employers will hire an applicant for a higher-level position without an appropriate degree, even if that applicant has far more experience in the field than a civilian graduate.
“Most veterans come out and can’t get a job in the field they worked in,” Said Ryan Rafols, a Texas veteran who worked as a missile defense engineer. “They have to go back to school and learn what they already knew.”
In 2011, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) established the pilot program for College Credit for Heroes, an alliance of the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Through CCH, veterans are able to identify college credits earned through military training and experience. Awarded credits can then be used for credentialing purposes or applied to a course of study at a Texas college or university.
To learn more about the program, see the College Credits for Heroes website.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.