Coast Guard launches new program at Columbia College

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 4:28 p.m. CDT; updated 7:44 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2013

*CORRECTION: Members of the military are able to get their service counted for a varying number of credits. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect typical number of credits counted.

COLUMBIA — Columbia College continues its military affiliation with the announcement that it will participate in the Coast Guard's new project, the Coast Guard Degree Pathways Program.

Columbia College is one of seven colleges to participate.

The program started when the Coast Guard asked Servicemembers Opportunity College to start a program that would streamline the opportunity for Coast Guard service members wanting to get a degree, project director Gerry Walsh said. 

From there, the participating schools sent the Servicemembers Opportunity College a list of degree programs they felt qualified to offer in conjunction with Coast Guard ratings. 

Coast Guard students with operations specialist, storekeeper or yeoman ratings can receive up to 27 credits toward associate's and bachelor's degrees of general studies.

This means when service members with one of those levels works toward a general studies degree at Columbia College, their military transcripts will be reviewed, and they will be awarded up to 27 credits for their service, Mike Lederle, assistant dean for military and federal programs, said. 

*Other military service members will still be able to get their service counted for credit at Columbia College the same as they do now — through an evaluation of their military transcripts, Lederle said. 

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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