The governor signed SB 761 yesterday, sponsored by Senators Ronald Rabin (R-Harnett, Lee, Johnston) and Wesley Meredith (R-Cumberland) that allows our veterans to count their military training towards college credit. Specifically, it would allow members of the military to obtain a license or certification for military training that is germane to a college course they take.
Credit for Military Training enhances the effectiveness of the licensure process and creates a framework to ensure the boards of UNC and the Community College systems have uniformity in granting college credits. This Bill makes necessary updates to current legislation including requirement of the board to act within 30 days, be specific about any criteria that has not been met, and requires them to reach out to the military community.
Already, a few programs have been developed to convert military training. They include:
- Commercial Driver’s License for truck drivers
- Information Technology Specialists’ Certification
- ASE Certification for Vehicle Mechanics
- Conversion programs for military trained law enforcement officers and paramedics are expected to be announced soon.
The end goal is to create a seamless system for training and educating that eventually will encourage more military members to settle down in North Carolina. We, as a state, should be focused on enabling our citizens to succeed in the workforce. This bill will allow those who served our county to utilize some of their military training to better our society here at home. I am proud of the work of my good friend Senator Ronald Rabin in championing this effort.