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Gazette Premium Content Military, work experience could net college credit

Staff reports Updated: January 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers want to reduce the cost of college for students by directing higher education institutions to create a system of awarding credit for job experience and military service.

A hearing on the proposal is scheduled Wednesday. Republican Rep. Tom Massey says the goal is to allow students to graduate faster if their experience applies to some college courses. Massey says that can be someone who has spent months in the military working on a submarine who has gained technological expertise or a writer who can get credit for an English or literature course.

Massey says if students can graduate faster, they'll pay less for their college education. Metropolitan State College of Denver already allows credit for prior applicable education experience.

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