June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Continuing Professional Development
22.155.1 - 22.155.10
Alternative Approach to Assessing Military Training for Advanced Placement into Engineering and Technology ProgramsBoth the United States and Canada invest a great deal of resources in the training of theirmilitary personal. Many of the skills and experiences accumulated by soldiers are those that arehighly valued by civilian employers. Further, these skills are often embodied in academicprograms, suggesting soldiers would have a comparative advantage in such programs; however,despite the efforts of government agencies, many soldiers are unable to convert their skills andtraining into meaningful careers. While there are several reasons why individuals leavingmilitary duty have trouble re-integrating into work and education, one of the major obstacles isthe difference between the military and civilian models of training and education. Thedifferences create challenges to offering advanced placement or transfer credits for militarytraining in civilian post-secondary institutions.This paper presents the findings from a pilot program at the British Columbia Institute ofTechnology (Vancouver, Canada). The program uses an alternative approach to assessingmilitary training for advanced placement into engineering and technology programs. Instead ofthe traditional course-by-course credit assessment, the program uses an integrated model thatgives block credit or "credential equivalence". This block credit is then used for advancedplacement or transfer credit. Depending on the structure and field of the program being sought,the reservist receives significantly higher placement than would occur under most traditionalmodels. The model is under review in the United States for application to GI Bill applicantstransitioning from military service.
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