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McCrory signs legislation to help active duty members and veterans
 
Published Sunday, July 13, 2014
by Bonitta Best

RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory has given active duty members, veterans and military spouses the opportunity to convert their military training and past experience into college credit or professional licenses. McCrory signed the law last week.

“Service members and veterans receive some of the best training in the world. This law gives them the opportunity to turn that training and experience into certifications and college credits that will help them get good paying jobs in the civilian world,” McCrory said. “This law will also provide North Carolina employers with well-disciplined and high-skilled workers who know a thing or two about how to get a job done and done well.”

The bill crossed party lines in both the House and Senate. The UNC and N.C. Community College systems can now develop programs to convert military training into college credits and so forth. Several programs – driver’s license for truck drivers, Information Technology specialists’ certification, ASE certification for vehicle mechanics, and conversion programs for military trained law enforcement officers and paramedics – are in the works.

“This bill is a win-win,” Senator Ron Rabin said. “It enriches our workforce, which attracts businesses to come into the state, while also helping the economy. Conservatives in the General Assembly have been trying to make the economy better in the state, and this bill aims to do just that. It also helps military personnel by creating an environment of appreciation. This is a military-friendly and economy-oriented bill.”

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