FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A new executive order will "streamline the process for veterans of the United States military when seeking to obtain occupational certifications and licenses" in the state of Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this week.
The process of obtaining the certifications and licenses will be simplified for "awarding college credit to veterans for military education," Malloy's office wrote in a press release.
“Connecticut has nearly a quarter of a million military veterans residing in our state and another 9,000 residents currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. These are people with special training, skills, and education who, upon returning to civilian life, are ready, willing and more than qualified to enter our workforce,” Malloy said in the release. “We must make it as easy as possible for these accomplished men and women to apply their skills to the goals they seek to accomplish after having served in our military so admirably.”
Under Malloy’s Executive Order No. 36, "all state departments, boards, and commissions will review and revise their procedures when issuing occupational certifications and licenses to take into account relevant military education, skills and training when determining equivalency," according to the release.
The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education will also be responsible for conducting a review of policies and "identify recommendations to simplify the process for U.S. veterans when seeking to apply their military education towards college credit," according to the release.
Malloy also asked the board to "establish a system-wide policy for the institutions under their jurisdiction that will guide the evaluation of military transcripts and standardize the award of credit based upon accepted external standards," according to the release.
“I deeply believe that our military men and women deserve our full support both when they are in uniform and when they return as veterans,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman in the release. “This is a very concrete way that we can begin to repay them and their families for their service and their sacrifice by helping them find employment and earn an education as they transition back to civilian life.”
Those looking for additional information on services available to veterans and their families should visit the state veterans website.