Grant facilitates college degree for veterans

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

DENISON, TX -- Thousands of veterans return home from combat highly skilled - but don't necessarily have a college degree.

A new grant at Grayson College looks to make getting that degree even easier.

"We have to have a formal process of taking what they've been trained in, and translating it into our curriculum," said Janis Thompson, program specialist.

Thompson used the example of a military medic who wants to get a civilian paramedic certification.

"It would be crazy for me to have to go through every one of those courses again after I've been out saving lives on the battlefield," she said.

Under the new program, veteran students would get course credit for skills they learned in the military.

Director of Financial Aid Donna King said they received a $140,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

"And so there are specific assessment equipment out there, and we're looking into purchasing those at this time," she said.

She said the money will also go toward setting up a new department, complete with current student veterans acting as advisers.

"They just need someone to give them a hand, you know, help them through the process," she said.

King said the college will review all veterans who apply.

"We can know immediately that this student might be eligible for the grant," she said.

King says the program will start with veterans registered for fall classes.

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