Texas A&M University-Texarkana is now approved to offer Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service training leading to a Certified Safety and Health Official certificate for veterans who want to use their VA education benefits.
Students who complete the certification will be eligible for 21 to 24 hours of college credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences at A&M-Texarkana.
"This is the first time TEEX will offer VA education benefit-approved classes on a university campus," said Steven Robinson, TEEX veterans liaison.
The University Center at A&M-Texarkana was approved for TEEX programs following a site visit by the Texas Veterans Commission. This is the seventh site approved for TEEX to offer training under VA education benefits, Robinson added.
"We are pleased to collaborate with another member of The Texas A&M University System to better serve our veterans by providing training that will help prepare them for a civilian career while providing them with a pathway to meet their higher education goals," TEEX Director Gary Sera said.
TEEX worked with Shelley Caraway, executive director of Extended Education and Community Development at A&M-Texarkana, to provide a training program to prepare veterans for careers in safety and health. Veterans in the Four States Area can register through TEEX and attend the course in Texarkana.
"Previously, individuals from the Ark-La-Tex had to travel outside the region and incur significant expense to obtain this training. Outstanding support from our businesses and industries was instrumental in making this happen," Caraway said.
On-campus training should start in the fall, TEEX Program Director Bill Long said. For more information, email Caraway at firstname.lastname@example.org.