Veterans and military students will have an easier time earning credit for prior learning thanks to the Credits2Careers Veterans Portal. The new web tool will allow students to upload their Joint Services Transcript to see how many academic credits their work experience could translate into more than 1,700 community college programs.
Available at www.credits2careers.org, the portal also provides real-time employment information enabling veterans and service members to explore civilian careers related to their area of expertise or interest.
Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins and Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community College (VCCS), announced the portal’s debut on Nov.10 during a special Veterans Day event in Richmond. “Today’s announcement means our community colleges are the only college system in the nation with this comprehensive, patent-pending tool,” said Hopkins. “This portal will save individuals time, money, and hassle as they look for an accelerated way into the civilian workforce.”
DuBois agreed. “Military service is increasingly a technical experience. And thanks to the hard work of hundreds of people across our community colleges, and other state agencies, we are in a position to reward that in-uniform service in an unprecedented way,” said DuBois.
The announcement coincided with the dedication of Veterans Resource Centers at seven VCCS schools. Thomas Nelson Community College was among those dedicated as part of the Commonwealth’s VERITAS (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success) program.
Thomas Nelson President John Dever and the College’s VERITAS Coordinator DeMario Daniels were among guests at the event. An Air Force veteran who joined Thomas Nelson’s Veteran Services team in 2009, Daniels is excited about VERITAS inclusion and the Credits2Careers Veterans Portal.
“I’m very excited for myself and my fellow vets to see what our military careers amount up to. I was proud to serve and I enjoyed my job but I knew there was more. [The Credits2Careers Veterans Portal] gives you an opportunity to see what else is out there that you could utilize. Want want veterans to be aware of the website and we encourage them to use it. It’ll definitely make a difference as far as helping you plan your next move.”
Other community colleges included in VERITAS are Germanna in Fredericksburg; J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler in the Richmond area; Northern Virginia; Tidewater; and Virginia Western in Roanoke.
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hampton campus, Thomas Nelson’s Veteran Services Center welcomes walk ins seeking a place to study, commune with fellow veterans, obtain information on various resources and more.