AB 2462 standardizes credit recognition at community colleges for vets
May 27, 2012 (Sacramento) — A measure by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) to help military veterans gain academic credit for their military experience passed the Assembly today on a vote of 67-0.
“We want to ensure that our veterans’ experience, where appropriate, will count towards a degree—especially as they seek to rejoin a civilian workforce,” Block said. “In California, approximately 30,000 troops leave service with work skills that could be counted toward an academic degree or professional license or certification and transition to civilian life after service to their country.” Approximately 90 percent of the state’s veteran student body are transfer students from the state’s 112 community college campuses.
Creating a recognized and uniform standard to evaluate experience would aid troops in moving forward with their academic or training goals. Currently fewer than half of California’s community colleges have a process to evaluate fully military service for academic credit.
AB 2462 would require the state’s community colleges to create a process for using the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations to evaluate military experience by July 1, 2013.
Assemblymember Marty Block represents the cities and communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, San Diego and Spring Valley.
Web site: www.asmdc.org/block