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Senate panel takes up military credit bill

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:31 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska - An Anchorage senator has proposed a bill to help Alaska's veterans use their training to find jobs.

SB4, by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, would direct state organizations and boards to accept relevant military education, training and service toward qualifications for certain licenses and certificates. An example of that could be applying medical training toward an EMT certificate.

The bill also calls upon the University of Alaska and Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to adopt policies that would allow veterans to apply their military experience as credit toward a degree or technical program.

Currently, 23 other states have implemented similar policies.

The bill was heard and held by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Tuesday. It is scheduled to be up for public testimony on Thursday.

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