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Why the Forever GI Bill is a Victory for Veterans and Higher Ed

Posted by Amy Sherman on Aug 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Veterans, Military-Connected Student

The “Forever GI Bill,” which contains several provisions to help modernize GI education benefits, was signed into law last week as the Harry W Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (PDF). CAEL is a proud supporter of this legislation, advocating for its passage and encouraging our partners to do the same through our higher education networks.  

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GI Bill Update Would Increase Access to Higher Learning for Veterans

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 21, 2017 9:35:31 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

First offered in 1944 to assist veterans returning from duty during World War 2, the GI Bill has helped millions of veterans buy homes, start businesses and complete degree programs. This week, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs met to discuss changes to the bill to make taking advantage of its tuition benefits easier for veterans.

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Colorado Veterans Get Good News with Passing of Prior Learning Bill

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 13, 2017 3:50:05 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Veterans

Last month, we highlighted Colorado veterans’ efforts to encourage their state to adopt a policy that would require state colleges and universities to recognize credit for prior military service. According to the Denver Post, those efforts have been successful: Colorado gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that will do precisely that.  

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Chicagoland’s Veterans Working Group Draws Accolades

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Success Stories, Recruiting Talent, Partnerships, Veterans

As we noted in February, Chicagoland businesses have been involved in a unique effort to learn from and collaborate with CEOs, HR, hiring managers and representatives from military-connected organizations throughout the region. The effort, the Veterans Working Group (VWG), was born from a collaboration between the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Civic Committee and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and is facilitated by CAEL.

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Colorado Veterans’ New Mission: Earn College Credit for Service

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 9, 2017 9:46:13 AM

Topics: Competency Based Education (CBE), Trends in Higher Education, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), Veterans

Military veterans and active duty servicemembers enter classrooms with a wealth of skills and knowledge before they crack open a single textbook, and though they’ve passed many tests, none were of the multiple choice variety. Through their training and service, servicemembers gain knowledge from a deep pool of subjects, including foreign languages, programming, medicine and intel.

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Chicagoland Businesses Swap Solutions and Successes for Veteran Employment with Veterans Working Group

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Feb 21, 2017 2:07:37 PM

Topics: Best Practices, Case Studies, Veterans

It’s no secret that military veterans make for exemplary employees. Driven, skilled and hardworking by nature, veterans bring the same determination that helped them serve our country with distinction to the workforce. Even though businesses are taking greater steps to hire these valuable employees, it’s clear that there remain barriers between many veterans and would-be employers.

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Businesses Place Higher Priority on Hiring Veterans, but there’s Work to Be Done

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Recruiting Talent, Veterans

This week Stars and Stripes shared some promising news about veteran hiring trends in the U.S., courtesy of a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes initiative. According to the report, veterans are now among the top three recruiting targets for companies. Large businesses (defined as those with more than 1,000 employees) have made particularly notable efforts to hire veterans, with 90 percent of HR and hiring manager respondents noting that veteran recruitment is important for their businesses.

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Ranking the Best Higher Education Institutions for Veterans

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 3, 2016 9:34:03 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

As we give thanks to our men and women in uniform this Veterans Day, it’s important that we not only acknowledge their contributions but also the opportunities to support them as well. When it comes to helping veterans in their pursuit of a postsecondary education, institutions are taking major steps to improve veteran completion, retention, persistence and graduation rates. As the student veteran completion rate lags behind that of the general student population and the demand for highly skilled workers grows, the significance of these efforts can’t be overstated.

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Connecting Service Members and Higher Ed

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 21, 2016 3:39:26 PM

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, CAEL News, Veterans, Military-Connected Student

As Veterans Day approaches it’s fitting that we focus on efforts to help military service members and veterans gain access to postsecondary education.

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Midwest States Collaborate to Provide Military Guide for Prior Learning Assessment

Posted by Andrew Miller on Sep 9, 2016 1:30:13 PM

Topics: Veterans, Military-Connected Student

In collaboration with CAEL, the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC), a 13-state initiative of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), has recently completed an online resource, Valuing Military Learning - A Guide to Military Prior Learning Assessment and More, designed for servicemembers and veterans in the healthcare field to assist them in their transition into the civilian workforce by obtaining career credentials through prior learning assessment (PLA). The resource includes a listing of bridge programs in MCMC states which give credit for their military learning through PLA; testimonials from student veterans who have benefited from PLA; and a state-by-state listing of veteran resources.

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