n Fall 2017, Norco College began developing the Military Articulation Platform (MAP)—a cloud-based system that allows evaluators and faculty to match military training with college courses and give veterans the college credit they deserve. MAP relies on credit recommendations made by the Academic Council on Education (ACE) which are then paired with similar courses in the college catalog. These pairings (or articulations) are activated and published when they are approved by discipline faculty at the college. Once all ACE recommendations (many thousands) are matched to all the college courses, the college will be able to award all possible credit to our vets. This will increase access for veterans by giving them up to 30 units of credit for their military training. The project, under the general direction of Dr. Samuel Lee, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Norco College, was initially funded by Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes through a state appropriation. In Spring 2018, the Inland Empire Desert Regional Consortium (IEDRC) joined the effort by sponsoring its expansion into a regional Strong Workforce effort serving its 10 member colleges.
The MAP team is supervised by Mark DeAsis, Dean of Admissions and Records, and Terence Nelson, who serves as Project Implementation Lead. In this early phase of the project the MAP team is focusing CTE course articulations, which will shorten time to completion for certificate and degree pathways for veterans seeking new career opportunities. By expediting these career pathways, our vets will conserve their limited Post-911 GI Bill benefits and re-enter the workforce much sooner and with higher wage prospects. MAP colleges are excited about the potential to increase completions and veteran participation rates–both access and equity goals. Most importantly, our region will recruit, retain, and equip the incredible assets in our communities: our veterans.