A new initiative unveiled Wednesday in Chapel Hill called UNC Core aims to increase access to an education for military members at any UNC system school.
The program focuses on enabling active duty men and women to get a head start on their degrees by taking core classes online. ECU officials said they already go to bases across the state to let active duty members know their options and possible degrees they could receive.
Hank Bowen, acting Assistant Director for Student Veteran Services, said opening the door to those who serve our country is important.
“They have a lot of skills to bring. They’ve got a lot of contributions they can bring to our campuses. So it’s important that we take what they have learned and help them kind of further that,” Bowen said.
Bowen said currently, about 150 active duty men and women are enrolled in classes at ECU. Thousands of veterans have graduated from the university in a variety of majors.
The second initiative involved in this program is aimed at opening avenues for higher education up to more veterans. It should have a director by the Summer.