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Promoting Veteran Career Success Through Employer Partnership

In 2013, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation joined forces to form the Veterans Working Group (VWG) as a community of knowledge dedicated to veteran employment efforts. This case study outlines the important work that the VWG has done to promote veteran career success.


Valuing Military Learning: A Guide to Military Prior Learning Assessment and More

This guide is 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 Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) worked closely with the CAEL to produce the online guide which provides guidance for military personnel in applying and enrolling in college, obtaining college credit for military learning, and funding for their education. This guide was made possible by a grant from Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds). 



Developing Military to Civilian Accelerated/Bridge Programs in Healthcare

Lessons and recommendations from a national scan of select related programs, focusing on opportunities for Army Medics (68W) in nursing and allied health occupations.


College Credit for Military Training: How Illinois Schools Serve Our Service Members Appendix: Complete Survey Responses

Of the total respondents, 38 (41%) offered primarily associate degrees, 7 (8%) offered primarily bachelor’s degrees, 41 (45%) offered primarily bachelor’s and graduate degrees, 4 (4%) offered primarily graduate degrees. Two institutions (2%) did not had other primary offerings.


Promoting College and Career Success: Portfolio Assessment for Student Veterans

Active service members and veterans are pursuing postsecondary degrees in record numbers today, due in large part to the GI Bill education benefits that can cover much or all of the cost. An important tool for helping service members and veterans succeed in postsecondary education is prior learning assessment, or PLA.


Investing in Veterans: The Need for Career and Education Advising

Federal education benefits for veterans represent a substantial investment—$18 billion since 2009 under the Post-9/11 GI Bill—in the development of a skilled American workforce.


Serving Student Veterans

CAEL works directly with veterans services coordinators and faculty at Chicago-area colleges and universities to create networks that promote best practices in serving student veterans. For example, CAEL has developed veteran-focused higher education affinity groups in Denver and Chicago. Within these networks, CAEL has organized quarterly professional development opportunities, leveraged the collective voice of members in advocacy efforts, and encouraged crosslearning. Issues that have been addressed include military benefits, recognizing military learning through prior learning assessment, and accommodations and disabilities.


Guide to Assessing METC Healthcare Training for College Credit

This guide is designed to assist academic institutions in their efforts to expand the recognition of military education for academic credit in healthcare programs and should serve as a companion piece for administrators, faculty, and staff who have toured METC and want additional direction about potential next steps in initiating degree bridge partnerships or crosswalk processes.  

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