Idaho Ed Board updated on plan to award college credit for military training

Beginning in fall 2020, military veterans interested in earning a college degree could be awarded college credit at all of Idaho’s colleges and universities for specialized training received while in the service.

Officials told the Idaho State Board of Education this week that each of Idaho’s more than 100,000 veterans could be eligible for an average of nine general education college credits, depending on their military occupation when enrolling in one of Idaho’s public post-secondary institutions after serving in the military.

Nearly 200 college and university faculty members from throughout the state are refining the Board’s military “crosswalk” aligning training elements with requirements for college-level math, English, science, oral communication, arts and humanities, and social sciences. The crosswalk covers over 1,000 military occupations and was developed with funds from an Adult Promise grant from Lumina Foundation.

Meanwhile, the Board also approved two building requests by the University of Idaho. One earmarks $25 million to plan, design, and construct the CAFÉ Research Dairy Facility near Rupert. Another allows UofI to spend $5.2 million to begin the bid and construction phases of a Seed Potato Germplasm Facility on the Moscow campus. (Idaho State Board of Education)