Measures would help veterans and military personnel get college credit for experience

Lassa-Hesselbein Bills Get Public Hearing by Higher Ed Committee

Madison — Two bills that would help veterans and active duty service personnel receive college credit for training and experience they’ve received in the military, authored by State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) along with Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), received public hearings by the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges today.

“Those who volunteer to serve our country often have to defer their higher education to do so,” Sen. Lassa said.  “These bills will help ease their transition into the civilian workforce by providing academic credentials for skills they’ve learned in their military service.”

Senate Bill 188 would allow credits earned at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to be accepted as foreign language credits at University of Wisconsin campuses, while Senate Bill 190 would enable other kinds of coursework taken through military service to count toward credits at state universities and technical colleges.

“Giving military personnel academic credit for the study they’ve done while in the armed forces will honor their hard work and service to our country, and help them successfully begin new careers,” Sen. Lassa said. “At the same time, it will provide more highly trained employees to address Wisconsin’s workforce shortage, now and in the future.”

The bills have been endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dept. of Wisconsin, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Dept. of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

“I’m pleased with the bipartisan support these bills have received and I’m hopeful that the committee will take executive action on them soon,” Sen. Lassa said.