UT Martin receives 2018 Veteran Reconnect Grant
Contact 1: Erin Chesnut
MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin is one of 14 institutions statewide to receive a 2018 Veteran Reconnect Grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. THEC awarded a total of $889,277 through the grant program this year, and UT Martin received $78,570.
According to a THEC press release, the 2018 grants are focused on improving prior learning assessments for student veterans returning to college. This assessment process examines a veteran’s military training and grants equivalent college credit for skills obtained during service, potentially allowing student veterans to complete their degrees in a shorter period of time. Selected institutions are responsible for developing and improving evaluation processes while ensuring this information is readily accessible to both prospective and incoming student veterans.
“Earning college credit for military training can be the difference between a student applying to a school or moving on to the next opportunity,” said Mike Krause, THEC executive director. “When a veteran is able to use credit for their military training toward their college degree, they are more likely to persist and finish their program of study.”
UT Martin hosted a workshop Aug. 9 to help faculty better understand the process of awarding college credit for skills obtained during military service. Representatives from THEC and the American Council of Education asked faculty representatives to evaluate a list of military occupational specialties and determine equivalent course credits available at UT Martin. This information, along with credits granted by other institutions, will be available online in the future.
The Veteran Reconnect Grant Program is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennessee adults with postsecondary degrees or certificates to 55 percent by the year 2025.
“Many veterans in Tennessee put their education on hold to serve our nation in the armed forces and, as a state, we have an obligation to support them in completing their education,” said Haslam. “Through the Drive to 55, we can connect veterans with the postsecondary credentials that will help them further stand out in the workforce. Veteran Reconnect is one more way that Tennessee is investing in veterans and their future.”
Other institutions receiving grants this year are Bethel University; East Tennessee State University; Lane College; Middle Tennessee State University; Nashville State Community College; Northeast State Community College; Roane State Community College; Tennessee State University; Tusculum University; the University of Memphis; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Walters State Community College.
For more information on UT Martin Veterans Services, contact Dyer at email@example.com or 731-881-1689. For information on the Veteran Reconnect Grant Program, contact Ken Hanson, THEC assistant director for adult learner initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-253-7449.
PHOTO ID: UT Martin students (l-r) Zach Barker, Melissa Walker, Tyler Shaw and Bo Pate are all members of the Tennessee Army National Guard.