DETC Executive Director Leah K. Matthews recently was appointed to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Advisory Board, which provides educational and programmatic policy guidance to SOC.
The Board is an important forum where the Department of Defense, the Military Services, Veterans Affairs, and representatives of the higher education community address issues involved in providing the optimal educational opportunity to the military and veteran students.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).
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