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					                                   Current State of Veteran’s Education

     • In 2011:

             • The unemployment rate for veterans ages 18-24 was
               30.1%, almost twice the rate for civilian counterparts.1

             • 77,000 Texas veterans used GI Bill benefits2

             • The VA spent nearly $1 Billion dollars on veterans’
               education benefits and vocational rehab in the state of
               Texas.3




1.   U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Situation of Veterans—2011 (Washington, D.C., March 20, 2012), http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/vet.pdf. (Last visited
     September 22, 2012).
2.   U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefit Administration, Annual Benefits Report, Fiscal Year 2011, (Washington, D.C., 2011), http://www.vba.va.gov/REPORTS/abr/2011_abr.pdf. (Last
     visited September 22, 2012).
3.   U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, FY 11 Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures (GDX), (Washington, D.C., 2012),
     http://www.va.gov/VETDATA/docs/GDX/GDX_FY11.xls. (Last visited September 22, 2012).
                                              Current State of Veteran’s Education

     •       Since the introduction of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, veteran enrollment has spiked.

                                     80%
                                     70%
                                     60%
                                     50%                                                                          Percentage of
                                     40%                                                                          Veterans
                                     30%                                                                          Using GI Bill
                                                                                                                  Benefits
                                     20%
                                     10%
                                        0%
                                                     1985-2001 2001-2008

•         For FY 2013, the VA estimates that 606,000 veterans, spouses and
          dependents will use Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.4

•         Total 2013 estimated cost:                                     $9.9 Billion5
1.       U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Post-9/11 GI Bill: An Overview, (Washington, D.C., June 2009), http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/presentations/post-911_overview.pdf. (Last visited
         September 14, 2012).
2.       U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Volume III: Benefits and Burial Programs and Departmental Administration, Congressional Submission, FY 2013.
             College Credit for Heroes Mission

Maximize college credit awarded to veterans by developing
streamlined degree paths and certifications in order to expedite
veterans’ transition into the Texas workforce.
Partner Colleges
                      Central Texas College

Developed www.collegecreditforheroes.org, a web-based
application and database for veterans and service members to get
additional college credit hours with a transcript that can be used at
colleges throughout the state.
               www.CollegeCreditforHeroes.org

As of October 3, the site has received over 12,256 visits; has 2,103
users and guests; and has received 582 requests for evaluation
from veterans.

• In the first quarter of operation, the College Credit for Heroes
  web portal has awarded an average of 34 credit hours (about 1
  year of college) per transcript.

    About half of those credits have been in the form of
     workforce or academic classes, and half count as open
     electives or electives in a student’s area of study.
                     Statewide Expansion

CC4H Partner college representatives and TWC staff hosted 12
outreach/articulation events throughout the state explaining the
project’s mission and encouraging articulation agreements
between institutions of higher education. (May-June 2012)

   In total, 184 faculty and administration from 47 colleges and
   universities attended CC4H Outreach/Articulation meetings in
   12 different cities throughout the state.

• For the Veteran: Standardized credit for military experience
• For the College: Valuable service/resource for colleges and
universities
• For the State: Centralized database for translating military
training
                                       References

1. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Situation of Veterans—
   2011 (Washington, D.C., March 20, 2012), http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/vet.pdf.
   (Last visited September 22, 2012).
2. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefit Administration, Annual Benefits
   Report, Fiscal Year 2011, (Washington, D.C., 2011),
   http://www.vba.va.gov/REPORTS/abr/2011_abr.pdf. (Last visited September 22, 2012).
3. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, FY
   11 Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures (GDX), (Washington, D.C., 2012),
   http://www.va.gov/VETDATA/docs/GDX/GDX_FY11.xls. (Last visited September 22, 2012).
4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Post-9/11 GI Bill: An Overview, (Washington, D.C.,
   June 2009), http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/presentations/post-911_overview.pdf.
   (Last visited September 14, 2012).
5. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Volume III: Benefits and Burial Programs and
   Departmental Administration, Congressional Submission, FY 2013.
          Contact Info

               Apu Naik
           Project Manager
      College Credit for Heroes
   Strategic Workforce Initiatives
    Texas Workforce Commission
          101 E. 15th Street
        Austin, Texas 78778
           (512) 936-3103
    Apurva.Naik@twc.state.tx.us
CollegeCreditHeroes@twc.state.tx.us
  www.CollegeCreditForHeroes.org

				
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