Arkansas National Guard members and personnel at Little Rock Air Force Base will be able to convert some of their military training into college credit with a new degree program that Pulaski Technical College will offer this fall.
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the degree program Friday during the board's regular quarterly meeting.
The Associate of Applied Science in Military Technologies is open to any active-duty or retired military personnel.
"There's no other program like it in the state," said Dan F. Bakke, college president. "This is an outgrowth of our partnership with the Arkansas Army National Guard at Camp Robinson. We're expanding what we already offer by giving soldiers the option of using their military training to get a degree."
The 60-hour degree program includes 15 credit hours of general education, 12 hours of military common core courses, up to 24 hours of military training credit, and up to 15 hours of technical electives.
The military training credit will be met through military training and college hour
equivalencies assigned by the American Council on Education (ACE), which assigns college hour equivalencies to military training in institutions across the
The military common core courses include Introduction to Military Science, Records and Information Management, Personnel Supervision, and Leadership Development and Team Management.
The management courses and the technical specialty electives can be from a number of different military occupational specialties.
"The impetus started from Pulaski Technical College wanting to meet the needs of the Arkansas National Guard at Camp Robinson and in Central Arkansas," said Gary Gaston, Pulaski Tech's military enrollment coordinator. "But as we worked, we expanded it to benefit and appeal to soldiers statewide."
Arkansas has over 8,000 Army Guard members and 2,000 Air Guard members.
Pulaski Tech already offers 8-week courses in general education to soldiers at Camp Robinson. The general education courses for the AAS in military technologies degree are available online.