Mission

The College Credit for Heroes program seeks to maximize college credit awarded to veterans and service members for their military experience in order to expedite their transition into the Texas workforce. The program’s goal is to eliminate obstacles to attaining licensing, certification and accreditation, and degree awards at state and national levels so that veterans’ transition more quickly from the college classrooms to the workforce.

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Overview

Since 2011, College Credit for Heroes has focused on two primary goals of the program: building a network of participating schools and the development of acceleration curricula.

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Network of College Credit for Heroes Participating Schools

Since the award of academic credit is contingent upon approval of the receiving Texas college or university, increasing awareness and encouraging participation is imperative. In the beginning of the program, schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to review College Credit for Heroes evaluations and made a commitment to award as many credits as possible and as applicable. As the program matured, many schools developed their own evaluation systems based on local criteria and programs of study. As of 2019, the College Credit for Heroes program is a robust network of schools with localized evaluation and credit programs. These Texas schools recognize the value of military experience and remain committed to supporting veterans as they enter and complete postsecondary education. List of College Credit for Heroes participating schools.

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Acceleration Curricula

College Credit for Heroes seeks proposals from eligible offerors to develop, modify, or replicate streamlined programs that translate military experience, education, and training into civilian credentials to accelerate degree, certificate, and licensing programs allowing veterans and servicemembers to more easily re-enter the workforce. Programs developed under this proposal must:

  • result in academic credit that leads to an associate degree or higher, which may include continuing education units or other similar workforce training certifications or credentials; and
  • provide a pathway toward one or more high-demand occupations, other than occupations predominately found in the public sector, as confirmed by the Local Workforce Development Board (Board) in the region the program will be implemented. (Acceleration Curricula Programs)

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College Credit for Heroes Participating Institutions

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Angelo State University

Accelerated Pathways to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Security Fields

Angelo State University developed five articulation agreements with select community colleges to create accelerated pathways to bachelor's degrees and master's degrees and fast track certificates in academic areas such as border security, cyber security, intelligence, and security studies and analysis. The Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center helps veterans and service members transition to university campus by providing academic, social and financial aid support. For more information about any of the programs developed at Angelo State University, please contact Susan Williams at 325-486-6682 or susan.williams@angelo.edu.

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Austin Community College District

Accelerated Pathways to Certifications in Advanced Technology Fields

Austin Community College developed streamlined curricula for four of the school's certification programs in energy, information technology, manufacturing and advanced technologies and computer technology. ACC also standardized and streamlined the evaluation of military training for all veteran students. For more information about any of the programs developed at Austin Community College, please contact Elizabeth Cardenas at 512-223-7545 or ecardena@austincc.edu.

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Dallas County Community College District

Veteran Success Through Accelerated IT Career Pathways

The Dallas County Community College District developed accelerated career paths for industry certification in information technology and an optional internet marketing specialist certificate, allowing qualified veterans to complete an associate's degree in 18 months and earn workforce certifications in as little as 10 months at all seven DCCCD colleges in the Greater Dallas area. For more information about any of the programs developed at Dallas County Community College, please contact Philip Hoy at 972-860-7774 or phoy@dcccd.edu.

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Houston Community College

Accelerated Alternate Delivery Program

Houston Community College developed and implemented an accelerated refresher program for surgical technicians who were trained in the military to sit for the national accrediting exam and receive credit toward an Associate's degree in Allied Health. For more information about the accelerated Alternate Delivery Program, please contact Sonya King at 713-718-7395 or sonya.scottking@hccs.edu.

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Grayson College

Grayson College developed a cross-matching system to award course credit for military training to accelerate degree and certification programs for veterans in high-demand areas, such as advanced technologies and manufacturing. For more information about any of the programs developed at Grayson College, please contact Craig Greenwood at 903-415-2614 or greenwoodc@grayson.edu.

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Lone Star College System

Fast Track Field Service Technician Marketable Skill Award Toward Oil Field Certification

The Lone Star College System developed and implemented a fast track engineering technician marketable skills award certification program to prepare veterans for jobs in the oil and natural gas industry.  For more information about programs developed at Lone Star College, please contact Alisa M. McLendon at 281-290-2897 or Alisa.M.McLendon@lonestar.edu.

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San Jacinto College

Allied Health Programs Analysis Project and Summit

San Jacinto College developed a comprehensive analysis of allied health profession offerings at all Texas community colleges, and in spring 2012 outlined its analyses of training gaps, existing and needed transfer credit opportunities, barriers to awarding credit for military experience, and external barriers such as certification, licensing or accreditation processes. For more information about the Allied Health Programs Analysis Project and Summit, please contact Juan Hernandez at 281-998-6150 or juan.hernandez@sjcd.edu.

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Veterans’ IT Fast Track to Employment Program

The San Jacinto Community College District developed and implemented the Veteran's Information Technology Fast Track to Employment project to provide credentials supporting the information technology career cluster. SJCCD established an articulation agreement with Western Governor's University to accept credits awarded to participants to continue their studies toward a bachelor's degree. For more information about any of the programs developed at the San Jacinto College District, please contact Juan Hernandez at 281-998-6150 or juan.hernandez@sjcd.edu.

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Tarrant County College District

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The Northwest Campus has partnered with the College Credit for Heroes program to offer accelerated coursework opportunities and hands-on training for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. For information, please contact Michael Esquivel 817-515-7763 or michael.esquivel@tccd.edu.

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Temple College

Faculty and Staff: Emergency Medical Services Professions

Temple College developed and implemented an accelerated program in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for veterans and service members with military medical experience. For more information about the Accelerated Emergency Services Program for Veterans, please contact Jeff Fritz at 254-298-8563 or jefffritz@templejc.edu.

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Texas State Technical College–Harlingen

Texas State Technical College (TSTC)–Harlingen developed a streamlined Level II certification and an associate's degree in wind energy technology. TSTC is also creating a new streamlined Associate of Applied Science Degree based on the Ford Maintenance Light Repair Certification. Well-qualified veterans have the opportunity to translate military skills into college credit for up to one full semester under the proposed program. A Veterans Resource Center was created to help transition veterans and service members to college campus and the civilian workforce. For more information about any of the programs developed at TSTC Harlingen, please contact Steve Guevara at 956-364-4338 or steve.guevara@harlingen.tstc.edu.

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Veteran Educational Benefits and Other Financial Aid Resources

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