New college program aims to help veterans

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BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – chuck storti served in the U.S. army for more than 25 years. Now, he is being recognized for his role in fighting for other military men and women enrolled here at Bloomsburg University. The institution made history last year by giving Storti academic credit for education and training he received while in the army.

“A lot of colleges promote a military friendly environment. But they don’t apply a lot of credits to military training,” said Storti.

But Bloomsburg University made it happen for Storti with its new initiative. Educators developed a Military Academic Credit Review Board last year. The goal is to work with students individually and help translate their military education into college credits wherever possible.

“There is a bit of a language barrier and a lot of what happens in the military is technical and we are not a technical school,” said Bob Heckrote, Academic Advisor for Military Students.

But school leaders are breaking down those barriers. In Storti’s case, he had years of training and dozens of college credits that were denied at other universities for various reasons.
        
“This gentleman spent 25 years in the military and was a high ranking leader. It would make sense that he is competent in management or leadership,” said Heckrote.

So academic advisors helped Storti get his business degree in a timely manner, without having to repeat courses. Now, the 57 year old is on his way to starting his own nonprofit that also helps veterans transition into civilian life – a personal goal he says came much easier thanks to the program.

“It’s going to pave the road for other career service people,” said Storti.

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