A survey of more than 30,000 military veterans shows that they value non-degree credentials--here are 4 ways to better recognize new credential pathways, like this military army veteran holding a laptop.

Veterans say non-degree credentials pay off


A survey of more than 30,000 military veterans shows that they value non-degree credentials--here are 4 ways to better recognize new credential pathways

Veterans without degrees are much more likely to hold non-degree credentials than their non-veteran peers, according to a survey.

Those non-degree credentials provide meaningful financial returns: veterans with certificates or certifications earn an average of $10,000 more per year than veterans with no postsecondary credentials.

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Prior research has shown that the skills and knowledge veterans gain in the military are often under-recognized and undervalued by civilian employers. Veterans in particular are harmed by the lack of recognition and transparency of non-degree credentials.

The new report from Strada Education Network and Lumina Foundation, “Veterans Without Degrees: The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications,” draws on veterans’ perspectives to understand the value of non-degree credentials as a means of translating military-based learning and the civilian labor market.

Laura Ascione