Examine will think about methods to assist navy members pursue larger schooling in Nebraska

Lots of Nebraska’s higher-education establishments provide faculty credit score to college students affiliated with the navy, however the observe is not common and the specifics fluctuate from establishment to establishment.

Now state lawmakers are exploring the opportunity of establishing a statewide course of to make it simpler for service members to pursue the next schooling.

The Nebraska Legislature’s Schooling Committee held a listening to Friday launching a examine to look at the feasibility of making a statewide course of to award faculty credit score based mostly on a person’s navy schooling and coaching. 

Schooling Committee Chairwoman Lynne Walz of Fremont stated there wasn’t a timeline for finishing the examine, and could not say when or if any laws would come from it. 

College students affiliated with the navy can already obtain faculty credit score at lots of Nebraska’s post-secondary schooling establishments. Walz stated the examine goals to ease the method and assist these college students perceive how they will obtain the credit.

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Michael Baumgartner, govt director of Nebraska’s Coordinating Fee for Postsecondary Schooling, stated whereas the state goals to be essentially the most veteran-friendly within the U.S., a number of different states are forward of Nebraska on this space.

“Nebraska could have room to enhance,” Baumgartner stated.

Sara Appel with the Midwestern Greater Schooling Compact stated there are a number of states within the Midwest that have already got pathways for navy members to obtain faculty credit. Whereas states that do not have insurance policies are nonetheless capable of successfully serve navy members, there may be ample proof to point out that states with insurance policies usually get higher outcomes, she stated.

Lt. Col. Phil Turner gave the committee a number of suggestions for a possible Nebraska coverage. Primarily, he stated it is necessary that the method be constant and create a transparent avenue for college students to transition from the navy to school after which into the workforce. He additionally really helpful the state type partnerships with organizations engaged on the difficulty. 

“The system works once we work it,” Turner stated. 

A number of representatives of Nebraska’s higher-education establishments spoke through the listening to, every confirming that lots of their faculties already provide faculty credit score to navy college students. Nonetheless, every of them additionally indicated they’d assist a statewide course of for it. 

“We’re completely on board,” stated Courtney Wittstruck, govt director of the Nebraska Group Faculty Affiliation.

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