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Veterans given a new chance to learn

Veterans have a new opportunity to start or continue a college education through a collaboration between the North Dakota State University’s Veterans Education Training program and the University of Mary, Minot State University and North Dakota State College of Science.

The new program allows allows veterans to take online preparatory courses. Space will be provided for the veterans on those campuses, where they will also be able to receive assistance as they prepare to attend a college of their choice. Those who prefer to access computers from home or locations also can take the online precollege courses.

Jeri Vaudrin, Veterans Education Training project coordinator, said veterans who have been out of the educational arena for a few years can find it difficult to adapt to being a student. The goal of these courses is to help serve as a bridge for veterans to enter and complete college.

Vaudrin said the last census showed there were about 55,750 veterans in the state. “While one-third of them enrolled in classes, only 20 percent completed and earned a degree. Our veterans deserve a better chance to reach their lifelong goals,” she said. “The state of North Dakota and our post-secondary institutions recognize the needs of our veterans. Through this program, we can provide a means for them to reach their goals at no cost. North Dakota veterans have sacrificed a great deal over the years – this is an opportunity for us to give back to those who deserve it most.”

During the last legislative session, funding was provided to assist veterans seeking a certificate or diploma from a North Dakota institution of higher education. The service is provided free to veterans who plan to attend a college or university in North Dakota. Currently, classrooms are available at NDSU and the University of North Dakota.

Veterans not living in those areas can take online courses.

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