Seven community colleges were selected to participate in the College Credit for Heroes program. The colleges will develop models for awarding college credit by evaluating military training, including testing and prior learning assessments, with the goal of implementing a statewide assessment system for other colleges and training providers. There will be an initial focus on allied health careers, and the program will partner with the Military Education and Training Campus (METC) in San Antonio to provide current active duty service members with an accelerated degree plan.
The establishment of the College Credit for Heroes program ensures veterans with meaningful military experience have the opportunity to receive the academic and workforce education credits they deserve.
- Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte
The following colleges are laying the groundwork to create standardized practices for awarding veterans college credits or certifications based on their military experiences:
|Veterans Associate Degree Programs|
Alamo Colleges is developing an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in health professions to streamline transferable credit and will accelerate attainment of the degree for service members and veterans. Alamo Colleges also is developing a career mobility track program that will provide active duty service members and veterans an accelerated path to an Associate of Applied Sciences in nursing.
|Online Military Training Evaluation System|
Central Texas College is developing a web-based application and database for veterans and service members to receive additional college credit hours with an official transcript that can be used by colleges throughout the state.
|Accelerated Alternate Delivery Program|
Veterans already trained as surgical technologists through military service often are not able to take the national accrediting exam because they did not receive their training at an accredited program. To address this need, Houston Community College is developing and implementing an accelerated alternate program for these veterans to expedite their return to the workforce.
|Model Program for Individual Education Plan for Veterans|
Lee College is developing an Education Plan for Veterans in which they will identify, develop and support methods to maximize college credit for veterans and service members using prior learning assessments and credit by examination.
|Texas Inter-College Council on Veterans and Best Practices|
Lone Star College is convening and organizing the Texas Inter-College Council on Veterans, composed of representatives from the seven colleges participating in the College Credit for Heroes program, and will outline their findings in fall 2012.
|Allied Health Programs Analysis Project and Summit|
San Jacinto College is developing a comprehensive analysis of allied health profession offerings at all Texas community colleges, and in fall 2012 will outline its analyses of training gaps, existing and needed transfer credit opportunities, barriers to awarding credit for military experience, and external barriers such as certification, licensing or accreditation processes.
|Accelerated Emergency Services Program for Veterans|
Temple College is developing and implementing an accelerated program in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for veterans and service members with military medical experience.