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MCC recipient of grants to advance college credit for military education

MCC is one of seven colleges to receive MCE grant funding.
MCC is one of seven colleges to receive MCE grant funding.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency announced it has awarded Military Credit Equivalency (MCE) Grant funds to seven Michigan institutions of higher learning. Mott Community College, (MCC) is one of the seven.

The new grant program was created to support colleges and universities in their efforts to develop college transfer credit equivalencies for the education and training that veterans received while they served in the military.

During their time in the military, service members receive extensive education and training. The training provided by the military prepares service members to specialize in a wide range of military occupations. Many veterans and service members learn during their transition to higher education that their prior military education does not always easily translate into college-level credit. “The MVAA recognized an opportunity to work collaboratively with post-secondary institutions to create stronger links between learning acquired in the military and academic credit,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford. “The MCE Grant recipients are paving the way for developing access to high-demand career fields for veterans in Michigan. We are proud to support their efforts in contributing to the academic and professional successes of veterans.” The MCE Grant will provide institutions with the resources to begin formalizing the connection between competencies acquired from military education and college curriculum.

The awarded funds, totaling more than $258,000, will be disbursed among the seven institutions. Recipients were selected to receive the one-time funding through a competitive grant process. Grant proposals from Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kirtland Community College, Mott Community College, Olivet College and Saginaw Valley State University were funded. Their projects range from establishing exact course equivalencies between military courses and college courses to building bridge programs that apply military training to degree programs in areas such as health care and criminal justice. “Providing direct equivalencies for military students shows them that SVSU has taken the time to understand and value the training and education they have received in the military,” said Bethany Alford, Director of Military Student Affairs at Saginaw Valley State University. “Military transcripts do not look like a typical transcript, so for me it was about training our faculty and staff in how credit recommendations on military transcripts are made.”

About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: Created by Executive Order in 2013, MVAA’s mission is to be the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. The Agency works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state departments, county agencies, and community and veterans service organizations throughout the state. The Agency operates the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center, a 24/7/365 call center in partnership with Michigan 211. By calling 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) veterans, family members and service providers can get information and access a comprehensive network of resources and services.

Learn more at or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

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December 10, 2018
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