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Portal Aims To Connect Veterans With Community Colleges

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Using a new online tool, veterans can more easily get college credit for their work experiences. Virginia’s Community College System unveiled the new online portal this month.

Last year, almost 40,000 veterans and military-related students attended one of Virginia’s community colleges. But it isn’t always easy to figure out how their experience translates into classroom time.

Chancellor Glenn DuBois says hundreds of faculty have spent the past three years comparing military transcripts to academic requirements. “We have just made it very very easy where a member of the military, in any branch from anywhere in the world, can take their certifications that they’ve earned in the military, enter them into a website and see where it comes out on the other side.”

Before the new online portal, the process was entirely one-off. Many students would only get a couple electives, or few Health credits. Virginia now joins a handful of other states that already offer a similar service. 

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This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Mallory Noe-Payne is Radio IQ's Richmond reporter and bureau chief. She's covered policy and politics from the state capital since 2016. She was a 2020-2021 recipient of the Fulbright Young Journalist Award. She spent a year in Munich, Germany researching memory, justice, and how a society can collectively confront its sins. Her Virginia-based coverage of home healthcare workers, voting rights, and Richmond’s Slave Trail have won national news awards.