Military Service for College Credit? Texas Plan Gets $1.5 Million Boost
The Texas Workforce Commission is awarding Austin Community College over $90,000 as part of its College Credit for Heroes program.
ACC is one of six colleges joining the program, which is designed to translate veterans’ military experience into college credit hours.
College Credit for Heroes launched in 2011. It aims to ease veterans back into civilian workforce through certification degrees. Its latest $1.5 million distribution will bring the total number of Texas colleges involved to 10.
“The addition of these new partner colleges is intended to increase the academic and employment opportunities for our veterans,” Texas Workforce Commission spokesperson Mark Lavergne said.
In addition to ACC, other schools in the expansion include Angelo State University, the Dallas County Community College District, Grayson College in Denison, Tarrant County College District in the Fort Worth area, and Texas State Technical College-Harlingen.
ACC’s funding will be focused on streamlining the school’s information technology, computer technology, energy and manufacturing and advanced technology certification programs.
“I think any college campus benefits from having a student body that’s populated by individuals who already have a demonstrated history of learning skills and thriving in a work environment,” Lavergne said.