Executive Order helps veterans earn college credit

June 18, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed Executive Order 2013-05K last week, directing state departments, boards and commissions to streamline the state licensing process to take into account relevant military education. The order also directs the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents — former Director of Government Relations at Shawnee State University John Carey — to simplify the process for awarding college credit for military education for veterans and service members.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Board of Regents said they were pleased that the governor signed the order to get state agencies and educational institutions working on the same page to better serve veterans.

“(It will) allow them to use skills and training that they have earned and gotten in the military, and apply that to credit,” Jeff Robinson, a spokesman for the Ohio Board of Regents, said. “If you’re driving a truck in Afghanistan there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to come back here and get paid for driving a truck without being told that you need this additional training. That’s what it’s all about; streamlining that and giving them the proper credit for the experience that they have.”

He said the process will be more complicated and involved than just converting military experience to credit hours, and Chancellor Carey will have until the end of the year to present to the governor the Ohio Board of Regents’ plan for implementation.

“We look forward to working with our state agencies and the University System to give back to the veterans who have already given so much to the state and to the country,” Robinson said.

Shawnee State University President Dr. Rita Rice Morris said SSU’s practices in assessing military experience for veterans enrolling at Shawnee State are consistent with the governor’s executive order.

“We are proud of the commitment that we have made to helping veterans transition to college and value the experience and education that they have earned before attending our institution. We are reviewing all veteran’s related programming in light of the order and will continue to make enhancements that help our students with military experience.”

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