Money awarded to higher education for helping veterans

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On Monday (July 10, 2017), the Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced that 13 colleges and universities in Tennessee will receive additional funding and program support to serve veterans and service members and help them earn post-secondary degrees as part of Gov. Bill Haslam's Drive to 55.

The Higher Education Commission will award $760,781 in total Veteran Re-connect funds to support programs and services for student veterans at campuses across the state. The 2017 grant program is specifically focused on improving the assessment of prior learning for student veterans returning to college, helping them more easily convert previous military experience into college credit, and improving the transition between military service and post-secondary education. The commission will provide technical assistance and professional development to Veteran Reconnect campuses around prior learning assessment for veterans.

Locally, Middle Tennessee State University is receiving $72,118 and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville will get $7,500.

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