Swanson joins team examining higher education's efforts for active military, veterans
Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) has joined the House's Military and Prior Learning Assessment Task Force, according to his website.
Swanson, who was selected for the committee by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), will be part of a team that will look at other states' policies and practices concerning how colleges and universities work with students who have a military background.
“I am honored Leader Durkin appointed me to serve on the Military Prior Learning Assessment Task Force,” Swanson said in the news release. “While in the military, I received college credit hours at Black Hawk Junior College-East Campus and Western Illinois University’s Board of Governor’s Degree Program because of my prior military training, schools and experiences. It is important to recognize and credit the institutional knowledge and experiences of our men and women who serve or have served this great nation.”
Swanson, who joined the House in January, is also on the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council. His online biography said he joined the Illinois National Guard in August 1977 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1986. He retired from active duty in January 2001. He was recalled to active duty in July 2007 and April 2010, and returned to retirement in April 2013 as a lieutenant colonel.