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The College Credit for Heroes initiative seeks to maximize college credits awarded to veterans and service members for their military experience in order to expedite their transition into the Texas workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is committed to honoring veterans and service members by helping them enter the Texas workforce with the recognition of the skills they earned while honorably serving their country. To help veterans and service members translate their military service skills into college credits and certifications, seven Texas community colleges were selected in 2011 to help create standards for assessing military training that can then be used by any college in the state.
Texas veterans and service members can receive an official evaluation based on the training they received through the military by visiting Central Texas College's College Credit for Heroes website.
Phase II of College Credit for Heroes began in May 2013 and expands the project to other regions of the state, other colleges and universities, and other professions. In addition to the accelerated curricula for veterans and service members outlined below, Central Texas College is continuing expansion of the College Credit for Heroes web portal.
Administered by TWC, this workforce development initiative is designed to recognize the exceptional knowledge and skills gained by veterans and service members and award them college credits for their military experience, allowing them to more easily re-enter the workforce.
Seven community colleges were selected in 2011 to participate in the first phase of the College Credit for Heroes program. The colleges developed 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. Phase I focused on allied health careers, and the program partnered with the Military Education and Training Campus (METC) in San Antonio to provide veterans and service members with an accelerated degree plan.
The second phase of College Credit for Heroes expands the initiative throughout Texas to increase the number of veterans and service members that can benefit from the program.
College Credit for Heroes was launched in 2011 using $3 million in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds. The program was authorized during the 82nd Legislative Session under Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's Senate Bill 1736. The program's first phase organized the Texas Inter-College Council on Veterans, consisting of representatives from seven community colleges serving areas with large veteran populations. Each participating college researched and identified barriers to education faced by veterans and created models to address these challenges.
The following colleges laid the groundwork to create standardized practices for awarding veterans college credits or certifications based on their military experiences:
Alamo Community College District
Veterans Associate Degree Programs
Alamo Colleges developed an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in health professions to streamline transferable credit and accelerated attainment of the degree for service members and veterans. Alamo Colleges also developed a career mobility track program providing active duty service members and veterans an accelerated path to an Associate of Applied Sciences in nursing. For more information about the Veterans Associate Degree Programs at Alamo Colleges, please contact Dr. Lula Pelayo at 210-486-5897 or email@example.com.
Central Texas College
Online Military Training Evaluation System
Central Texas College developed a web-based application and database for veterans and service members to receive additional college credit hours with an official evaluation that can be used by colleges throughout the state. For more information about www.collegecreditforheroes.org, please contact Brigitte Flynt at 254-501-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston Community College
Accelerated Alternate Delivery Program
Houston Community College developed and implemented an accelerated refresher program for surgical technicians who were trained in the military to sit for the national accrediting exam and receive credit toward an Associate's degree in Allied Health. For more information about the Accelerated Alternate Delivery Program, please contact Christine Castillo at 712-718-7362 or email@example.com.
Model Program for Individual Education Plan for Veterans
Lee College developed an Education Plan for Veterans in which they identified, developed and supported methods to maximize college credit for veterans and service members using prior learning assessments and credit by examination. For more information about the Model Program for Individual Education Plan for Veterans, please contact Ehab Mustafa at 832-556-4302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lone Star College
Texas Inter-College Council on Veterans and Best Practices
Lone Star College convened and organized the Texas Inter-College Council on Veterans, composed of representatives from the seven colleges participating in the College Credit for Heroes program, and outlined their findings in fall 2012. For more information about programs developed at Lone Star College, please contact Alisa M. McLendon at 281-290-2897 or Alisa.M.McLendon@lonestar.edu.
San Jacinto College
Allied Health Programs Analysis Project and Summit
San Jacinto College developed a comprehensive analysis of allied health profession offerings at all Texas community colleges, and in spring 2012 outlined 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. For more information about the Allied Health Programs Analysis Project and Summit, please contact Amy Ammerman at 281-459-7175 or email@example.com.
Accelerated Emergency Services Program for Veterans
Temple College developed and implemented an accelerated program in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for veterans and service members with military medical experience. For more information about the Accelerated Emergency Services Program for Veterans, please contact Jeff Fritz at 254-298-8563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angelo State University
Accelerated Pathways to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Security Fields
Angelo State University developed five articulation agreements with select community colleges to create accelerated pathways to bachelor's degrees and master's degrees and fast track certificates in academic areas such as border security, cyber security, intelligence, and security studies and analysis. The Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center helps veterans and service members transition to university campus by providing academic, social and financial aid support. For more information about any of the programs developed at Angelo State University, please contact Susan Williams at 325-486-6682 or email@example.com.
Alamo Community College District
Accelerated Associate’s Degree in Respiration Technology and Health Information Technology Specialty Tracks
The Alamo Community College District (ACCD) developed a new accelerated associate's degree in respiration technology and certificates in information security and assurance. ACCD also continued implementation of health information technology specialty tracks in occupation therapy, radiology and medical laboratory, and accelerated registered nurse career mobility track training. For more information about the Veterans Associate Degree Programs at Alamo Colleges, please contact Dr. Lula Pelayo at 210-486-5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin Community College District
Accelerated Pathways to Certifications in Advanced Technology Fields
Austin Community College developed streamlined curricula for four of the school's certification programs in energy, information technology, manufacturing and advanced technologies and computer technology. ACC also standardized and streamlined the evaluation of military training for all veteran students. For more information about any of the programs developed at Austin Community College, please contact Stephan A. Keltgen at 512-223-7671 or email@example.com.
Dallas County Community College District
Veteran Success Through Accelerated IT Career Pathways
The Dallas County Community College District developed accelerated career paths for industry certification in information technology and an optional internet marketing specialist certificate, allowing qualified veterans to complete an associate's degree in 18 months and earn workforce certifications in as little as 10 months at all seven DCCCDcolleges in the Greater Dallas area. For more information about any of the programs developed at Dallas County Community College, please contact Joyce Williams at 214-378-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grayson College developed a cross-matching system to award course credit for military training to accelerate degree and certification programs for veteran students in high-demand areas, such as advanced technologies and manufacturing. For more information about any of the programs developed at Grayson College, please contact Donna King at 903-415-2606 or email@example.com.
Accelerated Manufacturing and Logistics Certifications and Associate’s Degree Programs
Lee College developed a new associate's degree and certification program in accelerated manufacturing skills standards for council logistics and supply chain management. For more information about the programs developed at Lee College, please contact Ehab Mustafa at 832-556-4302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lone Star College System
Fast Track Field Service Technician Marketable Skill Award Toward Oil Field Certification
The Lone Star College System developed and implemented a fast track engineering technician marketable skills award certification program to prepare veterans for jobs in the oil and natural gas industry. For more information about programs developed at Lone Star College, please contact Alisa M. McLendon at 281-290-2897 or Alisa.M.McLendon@lonestar.edu.
San Jacinto Community College District
Veterans’ IT Fast Track to Employment Program
The San Jacinto Community College District developed and implemented the Veteran's Information Technology Fast Track to Employment project to provide credentials supporting the information technology career cluster. SJCCD established an articulation agreement with Western Governor's University to accept credits awarded to participants to continue their studies toward a bachelor's degree. For more information about any of the programs developed at the San Jacinto College District, please contact Alison Briscoe at 281-478-2784 or email@example.com.
Tarrant County College District
The Tarrant County College District developed a streamlined basic firefighter and advanced firefighter certification and associate's degree program for fire investigation technology and fire production technology. For more information about any of the programs being developed at the Tarrant County College District, please contact Ryan Kelly at 817-515-7570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas State Technical College–Harlingen
Texas State Technical College (TSTC)–Harlingen developed a streamlined Level II certification and an associate's degree in wind energy technology. A Veterans Resource Center was created to help transition veterans and service members to college campus and the civilian workforce. For more information about any of the programs developed at TSTC Harlingen, please contact Steve Guevara at 956-364-4338 or email@example.com.