Choi Bill to Recognize Veterans Training for College Credit Goes to the Assembly Floor

SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Steven Choi (R-Irvine) today announced that his measure, Assembly Bill 2494, which seeks to have the California State Universities (CSU) and Universities of California (UC) recognize veterans training and experience for college credit, passed through the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is being sent to the Assembly Floor for a vote.

“I am thankful for the committee’s judgement to pass this important legislation for veterans,” said Choi. “Our system, far out paced by the private sector, fails to recognize veterans who were trained in management, marketing, physical conditioning, electrical, and even mechanical engineering.”

This bill seeks to remedy these issues by making the CSU and UC’s re-examine their credit for prior learning. Specifically, the bill addresses credit for prior learning and the veteran’s use of the Joint Service Transcript as an acceptable transcript in the matriculation of credits when entering/transferring into a CSU or UC, thus ensuring that veterans do not have to take classes towards their degree that they may have already finished through their time in military service.

“When crafting this legislation, ensuring that veterans received credit, was the heart of the matter,” continued Choi. “By working with the UC and CSU’s on this issue, we have managed to press this matter forward with little to no financial impact to the state during a particularly challenging budget year.”

AB 2494 will now go to the Assembly Floor for its final vote before going to the Senate.

Assemblyman Steven S. Choi serves the 68th District, which includes the Orange County cities of Anaheim, Irvine, Lake Forest, North Tustin, Orange, Tustin and Villa Park.

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