Registration times for first-year students depend on the total count of credits each student has earned.
Students who are veterans, however, are able to bypass this procedure. These students receive precedence and can register half an hour before initial registration for other enrolled students.
This is to ensure students who are veterans have access to the courses they require for their credential purpose.
“I think because veterans are of a mature age, it’s a big help to get the classes they want,” said Ryan Mitchell, a veteran who is studying at Pierce College.
The Washington state Legislature passed House Bill 1109, which requires colleges to offer early registration to veterans.
Since its first public hearing in the House Committee on Higher Education, the bill has been the legislature’s way of giving back to those who have served to protect America’s freedom.
Washington state is home to more than 629,000 veterans. About 22,000 veterans, active-duty personnel and their dependents are enrolled in the Washington community and technical colleges.
Veterans at Pierce can receive assistance by contacting the Registration office, their faculty adviser or the Veterans Educational Benefits Office.
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