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UVA Masters Program Seeks to Recruit Veterans

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A University of Virginia program is looking to recruit more military veterans. It's teaching skills to all students, including vets, who want to get on a fast track to get their master's degree in just one year.

The Accelerated Systems Engineering Masters Program is for anyone who wants to advance in their career, or to transition from a non-technical to a technical career. Program coordinators are especially looking for veterans and people who have graduated from military academies.

It's a one-year masters program in systems engineering geared toward working professionals. Most, but not all, of the students have an engineering or science background.

The students take classes on Fridays and Saturdays, and they learn in cohorts with people from all backgrounds, including people who are retired from the military.

"It shows that veterans are trainable, it enhances employability, when you come through a program like this you learn way more than some grade is going to indicate," said Navy veteran Burt Scearce.

The director of the program, Michael Smith, said the goal is to help veterans boost career opportunities by combining their military experience with an academic background.

A class visit day for the program takes place on Saturday March 9 for veterans and Virginia Military Institute alumni, but everyone is welcome to attend.

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