Tennessee Colleges Earn VETS Campus Certification for Veteran Services

Three Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology received VETS Campus certification for their veteran support programs.

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology at Harriman, Hartsville and Knoxville have earned VETS Campus certification by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, certifying the colleges’ commitment to programs and services to help veterans succeed as they pursue their education.

The VETS Campus program was established by the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act, enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2014 to assist veterans of military service in continuing their education. The Act details a rigorous set of seven programs, requirements and qualifications that colleges and universities must meet to earn VETS Campus certification.

The three new certifications increase to 23 the number of Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) colleges officially designated as VETS Campuses: all 13 community colleges and 10 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs). The goal of TBR and its Office of Student Success is to assist all colleges in the system in achieving this designation.

To earn certification, colleges must prioritize outreach to veterans, allocate resources for their successful transition from military service to college, and successfully deliver services that create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education. Specific requirements include mentoring and support programs, granting academic credit for military training and experience, conducting annual surveys of student veterans, providing special orientation programs, and more.

TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings has prioritized service to veterans across the system, establishing the Chancellor’s Commendation for Military Veterans and a system-level veterans service office to assist veterans and the colleges. Additional information on financial assistance, academic credit for military training and experience, and other resources for veterans is available at https://www.tbr.edu/student-success/veterans-and-military-families-support.

The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology offer a broad range of career and technical education programs, which can be found on their respective websites: TCAT Harriman, TCAT Hartsville, and TCAT Knoxville.

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