Veterans Says No!
Anyone at any age with the desire to learn can “do college.” I can attest to this based on the many phone inquiries I receive here at DANTES from individuals of varying ages, asking for transcript information. The primary reason they are asking is because they are going back to school. Other reasons for transcripts include employment verification or for VA programs, such as the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).
If I had to guess the average age of the veteran that is contacting DANTES for related information, the statistic would be greatly skewed! Although the average age of today’s college student is about 29 years of age, the average age is on the rise. In fact, we can expect that it will continue to increase as the “not so average” older adult and some veterans 60+ years of age are jumping in to “do college.” From the words of one of the wisest of DANTES customers, “Age is only my number and I want to finish my education to have something to show and pass to my grandchildren’s children.” So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let age restrict you. Jump in and learn how to “do college” today!
For valuable education resources, check out the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Web site http://www.dantes.doded.mil/index.html.
Stacey Kirkpatrick is the Examinations Program Operations Manager for DANTES. She has over 10 years experience helping military members reach their education goals.