Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Terry McAuliffe visited the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on June 29th to sign legislation granting veteran students enrolled in Virginia community colleges academic credit for prior military training.
HB 2354/SB 1335, requires the State Board for Community Colleges to develop a policy to award academic credit for military training applicable to a student’s certificate or degree requirements.
“This policy shall apply to any individual enrolled in a community college who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of his or her military service,” said McAuliffe. “The objective of this legislation is to create a seamless transition for Virginia’s veterans by providing higher quality education and workforce services so they can respond to career opportunities.”
With approximately 800,000 veterans residing within the Commonwealth, Governor McAuliffe said the signing of the bill reinforces the commitment Virginia has to all veterans. He added the overall goal of the legislation is to give military personnel academic credit for the experiences and education they have previously acquired.
“The bill ensures that the actual skillset and military transcripts are thoroughly evaluated to identify relevant experience that can be transferred into a college setting,” McAuliffe added. “It ensures that our transitioning service members and veterans become members of Virginia’s workforce and have the skills they need to compete in Virginia’s economy.”
Many local officials contributed to this legislation and also attended the signing ceremony, including Virginia Secretary of Education Anne B. Holton, Secretary of Veteran and Defense Affairs John C. Harvey, Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, Senator Bryce Reeves, Delegate David Yancey, Delegate Richard Anderson, Delegate Michael Futrell, Delegate Monty Mason and Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn Dubois.
Dr. Sam Hill, provost of the Woodbridge Campus, said McAuliffe selected the NOVA-Woodbridge campus for the signing ceremony due to the work that the College has done to give advanced standing for the information technology training service members have received.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.