In a collaborative effort to provide Rhode Island’s military veterans customized opportunities for educational and career development programs, the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies and the Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs have joined forces on a partnership that will allow local veterans to apply military training and experience toward certificate and degree programs.
“For more than 30 years, the School of Continuing Studies has worked with military students to offer credits for life experience, flexible course formats and personal support,” said Jamie E. Scurry, interim dean. “This partnership provides a pathway for veterans in Rhode Island, particularly those recently returned from Iraq or Afghanistan – whether it’s a certificate program or a four-year degree, these are career-oriented opportunities ideal for adult learners.”
Through the agreement, Rhode Island veterans can pursue a bachelor of general studies degree or an existing certificate program; alternatively, they can work with the School of Continuing Studies to develop an academic plan that tailors their military experience with today’s workforce demands. Academic credit can be applied from prior college attendance, military training and experience, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or other standardized exams, and other non-traditional experiential training.
The School of Continuing Studies will also work with Veterans Affairs to provide support services, including dedicated advisers, one-on-one academic advising, tutoring and other educational resources. And to assist with the transition from military to student life, veterans will have the opportunity to participate in a “pre-semester experience” program that offers an introduction to college life and tips for balancing schoolwork and other responsibilities.
Individuals interested in learning more about R.I. Division of Veterans Affairs educational resources can visit www.vets.ri.gov or call 254-8343. Prospective students looking for additional details on School of Continuing Studies programs can call 254-3530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.