Citations Affected: IC 21-41-9.
Synopsis: Combat to College Program. Requires state educational
institutions to establish a combat to college program (program).
Requires a state educational institution to: (1) provide a centralized
location for admissions, registration, and financial administration
services for veteran students; (2) provide reasonable accommodations
for disabled veteran students at a state educational institution's fitness
facility; (3) develop programs to provide academic guidance
specifically to veteran students; (4) develop programs to provide access
to counseling services or resources to veteran students who are
disabled or suffering from post traumatic stress disorder; and (5)
develop job search programs designed for veteran students. Provides
that each state educational institution shall designate a program
coordinator. Requires a state educational institution to establish a
hiring preference policy for veteran students. Requires a state
educational institution to provide postsecondary credit for military
training if the American Council of Education recommends that
postsecondary credit should be provided for the military training.
Effective: July 1, 2012.
January 9, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
military and veterans.
a state educational institution's faculty or staff of the
special needs of veteran students.
(3) Make recommendations to the commission for higher education established under IC 21-18-2 concerning ways to improve the education of veteran students.
(4) Coordinate access to stress management, counseling, programs, and other resources available to a veteran student at the state educational institution.
(5) Coordinate with the Indiana department of veterans' affairs established by IC 10-17-1-2 to educate veteran students about state benefits available to Indiana veterans.
(6) Coordinate with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to educate veteran students about federal benefits available to veterans.
(7) Coordinate with the adjutant general or the adjutant general's designee to educate veteran students about benefits and programs available to veteran students who served or are currently serving in the National Guard.
(8) Coordinate activities, seminars, and programs for veteran students presented by a veterans organization listed in IC 10-18-8-1.
(9) Coordinate campus activities and social events designed for veteran students.
(10) Develop programs to assist a veteran student to locate employment.
(11) Develop internship programs designed specifically for veteran students.
(12) Develop an Internet web site to provide veteran students access to veteran resources.
Sec. 10. (a) Except as provided under IC 21-16-2, each state educational institution shall develop a hiring preference policy for veteran students for employment by the state educational institution for positions available for students of the state educational institution.
(b) For a veteran student to be eligible for a hiring preference, a veteran student must be at least a half-time student (as defined in IC 21-16-1-12) and:
(1) must have received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States or National Guard; or
(2) must be currently serving in the armed forces of the United States or National Guard.
(c) The state educational institution may make reasonable
exemptions from the hiring preference policy described in
subsection (a) for teaching positions or positions that may require
a specialized skill.
Sec. 11. Each state educational institution shall provide postsecondary credit to a veteran student for the veteran student's military training while serving in the armed forces of the United States or National Guard if the American Council of Education recommends that postsecondary credit should be provided for that military training.