It’s going to get easier for Ohio veterans get college credit for experienced they gained from their military service. That’s thanks to a new law just signed by Governor Kasich.
Republican state Representative Mike Dovilla, himself a navy reservist and Iraq war veteran, was primary sponsor of the bill signed as part of the mid-biennium review.
Dovilla says it’s not uncommon for veterans to come back to the U.S. and discover their training doesn’t readily lead to a good civilian job.
“It’s a challenge for folks to come back who have really relevant experience in certain areas but may not know the exact pathways that they need to follow in order to leverage that experience to get the next certificate, or to earn the rest of a college degree or maybe an associate’s degree,” Dovilla says.
“And so the purpose of the legislation is to help smooth the way for that process.
The new law requires the Ohio Board of Regents to create, by the end of this year, uniform standards for all state colleges and universities to award credit for certain kinds of military training.
Each school then has until July 2015 to put those standards into play. A new website will include a statewide database demonstrating how specific experience and training – such as learning a foreign language or medic training – translates into college credit. And evaluation of a vet’s military training and coursework will be done at no cost.
Also, veterans and active service members will have priority standing when registering for courses.