Malloy helps veterans earn college credit
Published 2:54 pm, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced a new executive order to make it easier for veterans to obtain college credit for what they learned in the military.
The governor's 36th executive order since taking office in January 2011 will also expedite the process for veterans applying for occupational permits.
The state has about 250,000 veterans, plus 9,000 active-duty military personnel.
"These are people with special training, skills and education who, upon returning to civilian life, are ready, willing and more than qualified to enter our workforce," Malloy said in a statement. "We must make it as easy as possible for these accomplished men and women to apply their skills to the goals they seek to accomplish after having served in our military so admirably."
Under the governor's order, all state agencies will revise their occupational and licensing protocols to allow military education and skills to be assessed and considered.
The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, which administers the state's 12 community colleges, four state universities, Charter Oak State College and the University of Connecticut, were ordered to simplify the process for converting military education toward college credit through the evaluation of service transcripts.
In reaction, state Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford and Darien, co-chairman of the legislative Veterans' Affairs Committee, said the governor's order comes a week after a new legislative task force began work toward aiding veterans in transitioning to the civilian workforce.
"Discipline and instruction in the U.S. military is among the best in the world, and it is a shame that the exemplary skills our service members gain are often overlooked or underutilized," Leone said in a separate statement.
Areas of license review include heating and cooling, mechanics, emergency medical services, human resources, aviation, pharmaceuticals and other skilled trades.
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