Pellissippi State has about 500 students who are military veterans.
The $70,190 Veteran Reconnect grant will boost the college’s Prior Learning Assessment program. Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, allows students to earn college credit for work experience, professional certifications, military experience and more. The grant will specifically focus on new and improved ways to seamlessly translate military experience into academic credit.
“There are about 83,000 veterans in Tennessee with some college credit but no degree,” said Eric Bollmann, director of Veterans Services at Pellissippi State. “For these veterans attempting to transition from military service into higher education, the ability to obtain credit for military experience is crucial.”
Many colleges only evaluate students’ military service for credit after enrollment, leaving veterans to enroll without clarity of how their training will translate to academic credit in their chosen program of study.
With this grant, Pellissippi State will create new evaluation processes and better align academic credit with military training, and ensure this information is available to veterans before they enroll.
The college is one of 13 colleges and universities in Tennessee to receive funding through the state’s Veteran Reconnect grant.
For more information about Veterans Services at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/veterans or call 865-539-7368.