Veterans and military personnel will now have
an easier way to finish their degree and obtain occupational licensing.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that
Saint Francis University has been awarded a 3-year, $1 million dollar grant
under the Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations (VALLO)
Acquired through the Knee Center for the Study
of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) which is housed at the Shields School of
Business, the grant allows Saint Francis University to launch the Veterans
Accelerated Learning Program (VALP).
Studies have found that many veterans have a
difficult time re-entering the workforce after their military service has ended
and often face occupational licensing barriers. The requirements to obtain
specific licenses can be costly and time-consuming, and are often a deterrent
for those looking to start a small business.
Through VALP, veterans will be able to enroll
in the majority of programs at Saint Francis University that require licensure
after obtaining a degree. SFU’s versatile programs provide an opportunity for
veterans to obtain degrees and licenses quicker and with fewer obstructions,
thus transitioning into Pennsylvania’s workforce at a faster rate.
Saint Francis University was named a “Military
Friendly School” for the ninth straight year. This designation reflects the
high standards upheld by the university in serving military families. Francis
Worldwide, a newly-launched school at SFU, offers fully online, in-person, and
hybrid degrees for the convenience of adults, working professionals, and those
looking to advance their career.
A priority at CSOR, a non-partisan academic
research center, is to seek a better understanding of the challenges veterans
face as they return to civilian life. In 2018 the state of Pennsylvania hired CSOR
as its lead contractor for the 3-year DOL project, permitting the Center to
spearhead the research of military spouse portability, skill set transferring,
and the demographic data of PA licenses.
"Depending on your position in the armed
forces, you may need to start your education and training over again to satisfy
the regulation for that particular license," said Alanna Wilson, Vice
President of Government Affairs and Public Relations at CSOR. "This may
not only help reduce the unemployment rate of veterans but also for
civilians," Wilson said. "Being able to bring different skills into
the workplace that can only be obtained while serving our country can benefit
the workplace. It's our duty to help serve them with something larger than
ourselves in the civilian life."
Enrollment is open for Fall 2019 and admission to the
VALP program is free to veterans.