Clark College meets the requirements of RCW 28B.10.057 by awarding academic credit for military training. The academic credit awarded for prior military training is granted only for training that is applicable to the student’s degree or certificate requirements. Credits will be conferred based on ACE credit recommendations, in consultation with academic departments. It is recommended that students consult with the Veteran’s Affairs Office to discuss funding implications related to applying military credits to their degree or certificate plan.
The individual must be enrolled in Clark College and have successfully completed any military training course or program as part of the military service that is:
- Recommended for credit by a national higher education association that provides credit recommendations for military training programs;
- Included in the individual’s military transcript issued by any branch of the armed services;
- Documented military training or experience that is substantially equivalent to any course or program offered by the institution of higher education.
Clark College enrolled students who are veterans of any branch of the United States armed services who wish to receive transfer credit must provide an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) through the armed services in which he/she served, from the Community College of the Air Force or any other college/university attended.
Upon receipt of the official transcript the following actions will occur:
- Within ten business days of transcript receipt, the Credentials Evaluations Office will evaluate the transcript for reading, English and mathematics placement and any academic (general education) credits earned, posting to the student record as applicable.
- Technical classes that require more review to determine a direct equivalency will be forwarded to appropriate program faculty along with the course description and the accompanying ACE (American Council on Education) course recommendation.
- Military credit recommendations that are direct equivalents to Clark course offerings may be articulated to that specific course. If direct course equivalents do not exist, elective credit (non-direct equivalent) will be awarded when possible. Both direct and non-direct equivalents must be applicable toward the veteran’s program of study.
- The Credentials Evaluations Office will post the credit to the student record and then notify the student of credits accepted with directions on how to access their Degree Audit so that they may view credit applicability to their program of study.
- In the case of a change of program the veteran must notify the Credential Evaluations Office so that the transfer credit may be re-evaluated and applied to the student record as applicable.
- Per the Veteran’s Administration, all veteran student transfer credit must be evaluated within two quarters of program start. After the third quarter, if the student does not submit all transcripts, he/she may be de-certified for the use of VA education benefits.
- Veteran students using education benefits are not permitted to opt out of transfer credit evaluation.
Military credit will not be granted for:
- Non-credit courses and workshops;
- Remedial or college preparatory courses;
- Sectarian religious studies.
Send an official copy of your transcripts to:
Attn: Enrollment Services
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663