Pulaski Technical College plans to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Military Technologies designed specifically for military personnel.
The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved the program Monday, Jan. 22. If approved by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the new degree would be offered in fall 2007.
"This is an outgrowth of our partnership with the Arkansas Army National Guard at Camp Robinson," said Dan F. Bakke, college president. "We're expanding what we already offer by giving soldiers the option of using their military training to get a degree."
The 63-credit hour degree program would require students to complete 24 credit hours of general education, 15 credit hours of management courses, and 24 credit hours of electives in a technical specialty. The management courses and the technical specialty electives can be from a number of different military occupational specialties.
"The impetus started from us wanting to meet the needs here at Camp Robinson and in Central Arkansas," said Gary Gaston, Pulaski Tech's military enrollment coordinator. "But as we worked, we expanded it to benefit and appeal to soldiers statewide."
Arkansas has over 8,000 Army Guard members and 2,000 Air Guard members.
The program, while designed for National Guard members, is open to any active-duty or retired military personnel.
Pulaski Tech already offers 8-week courses in general education to soldiers at Camp Robinson. The general education courses for the AAS in military technologies degree are available online.
"There are several programs that were designed for the U.S. Army, but this is the only degree program designed specifically for National Guard members," Gaston added. "This program is accessible to and should appeal to Guard members across the nation."