The College Credit for Heroes program seeks to maximize college credit awarded to veterans and service members for their military experience in order to expedite their transition into the Texas workforce. The program’s goal is to eliminate obstacles to attaining degrees, licensing and certification so that veterans transition more quickly from college classrooms to the workforce.

This program offers innovative approaches for awarding college credit by evaluating military training and experience, including testing and prior learning assessments. This allows veterans and active duty service members to demonstrate they are able to meet the competencies and cognitive objectives while not having to complete an entire program.

At Temple College, the College Credit for Heroes program offers veterans, service members and working adults an opportunity for accelerated entry into fields such as:

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Nursing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems

How to Get Started

Apply to Temple College and have your transcripts sent to Temple College. See below for information on how to request your military transcripts.

Military transcripts will be evaluated by the VA Coordinator and his staff using the American Council on Education (ACE) standards. The VA Coordinator will then apply applicable credits to your new Temple College transcript. There is no charge for this service.

Contact Us

One College Centre
2600 S. First Street
Temple, Texas 76504

Phone: 254-298-8310/8311

Brian Williams
Veterans Affairs Coordinator
brian.williams@templejc.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all branches of the military eligible?

Yes, all five branches are eligible for CCH evaluation: Marines, Navy, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard.

How do I get a copy of my military transcript?

To request an official evaluation of your military experience and training for college credit, please request an official transcript using the links below:

Please note: DoD websites often have security certificates that are not automatically recognized by browsers on civilian computers. The links provided below may prompt you to check that the certificate is one you trust before proceeding to the website. Learn more here.

JST: Joint Services Transcript
CGI: Coast Guard Institute*
MCI: Marine Corps Institute*

CCAF: Community College of the Air Force
DLI: Defense Language Institute
DAU: Defense Acquisition University

*Coast Guard Institute and Marine Corps Institute credit are now included on the Joint Services Transcript.

How does Temple College grant credit?

The credit awarding process will be formalized at the college through the Curriculum Committee and the policies and procedures of the Registrar’s Office as well as the Veterans’ Affairs office, which is charged with evaluating all military transcripts at Temple College. With this single point of contact for veterans and active duty service members and the policies and procedures that have been developed during the grant period, the process will continue after the funding period ends.

How will I know if I received credit?

Credits are reviewed and then posted on your Temple College transcript.

I took classes at the Defense Language Institute (DLI). How do I get that credit transferred?

The Defense Language Institute is a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. You must request that the DLI send an official transcript to Temple College’s Admissions Office.

If an applicant has served in more than one branch of the Armed Services, can all the information be consolidated into one transcript?

Yes. The Joint Services Transcript (JST) includes consolidated information for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is regionally accredited and therefore issues its own transcripts.

Since Temple College and other colleges and universities use the ACE recommendations as a guide to awarding credits, what exactly is an ACE recommendation?

The American Council on Education (ACE) works under a contract from the Department of Defense that is administered by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). An ACE military review bridges the gap between professional military education and postsecondary education. An ACE credit recommendation represents college-level equivalencies based on a review of workforce training, military training or occupations, and other sources of learning outside the college classroom, such as national exams and certifications. The ACE Review is carried out by a team of subject matter experts who currently serve as faculty at universities and community colleges. Together, they decide if the learning experience has similar outcomes to a college course. The recommendation identifies and describes the course subject, the level of learning, and the number of credit hours recommended based on the review.

What kind of credit is awarded?

Courses which are transcripted as WECM of VOCN credit.

Will I receive any credit for my military correspondence courses?

Army correspondence courses have not been evaluated by ACE Military Programs. The correspondence courses offered by the Army currently do not meet the criteria of having a firm identification of the student and a rigid control of test conditions. The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) selects and submits courses to be evaluated by ACE Military Programs. If there is no credit recommendation, MCI has not submitted the course for review.

Will my evaluated credit at Temple College transfer to a four-year college?

The policies governing the acceptance of credit awarded for military experience toward satisfying degree requirements vary among the degree-recommending colleges. Your credits will count toward your Temple College degree/certificate. If you plan to transfer, the college to which you transfer may perform its own evaluation of your military credentials.