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Iacroa workshop

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

IACROA WORKSHOP

October 27 – 29, 2004


United states dept of veterans affairs and the illinois state approving agency

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

United States Dept of Veterans Affairsand theIllinois State Approving Agency

Federal Veterans’ Educational Benefits

The Role and Responsibilities of the

State Approving Agency


Iacroa workshop

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Presented byMs. Joan RyanAdministratorIllinois State Approving AgencyIllinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs


Education partners

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Education Partners

  • Certifying Officials

  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs

  • State Approving Agency


Saa responsibilities

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

SAA Responsibilities

  • Approve education and training programs

  • Inspect and supervise

  • Monitor program compliance

  • Collect information


Saa core functions

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

SAA Core Functions

  • Program Approval

    • Initial approval

    • Revised approval

  • Visits to Facilities

    • Supervisory Visits

    • Inspection Visits

    • Other Visits


Saa core functions cont d

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

SAA Core Functions (cont’d.)

  • Technical Assistance

    • Questions

    • Complaints

  • Outreach Activities

    • Workshops

    • Tap Briefings

  • Liaison Visits

    • DVA Central Office or Regional Office

    • Certifying Officials Workshops


Saa programs approved

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

SAA Programs Approved

  • College and Non-College Degree

  • Vocational Flight Training

  • Correspondence

  • Apprenticeship

  • On-the-Job Training

  • Licensure and Certification Tests

  • Entrepreneurship Courses


Approval criteria accredited ihl ncd

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Approval Criteria: Accredited IHL/NCD

  • Period of Operation

  • Educational, Professional or Vocational Objective

  • Advertising, Sales and Enrollment Practices

  • Progress Standards

  • Credit for Previous Training

  • Attendance Policy

  • Conduct Policy

  • Programs Precluded


Approval criteria accredited ihl ncd cont d

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Approval Criteria: Accredited IHL/NCD (cont’d.)

  • Enrollment Limitations

  • Programs at Branch or Extension Locations

  • Cooperative Training

  • Independent Study

  • Practical Training


Courses requiring specific approval

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Courses Requiring Specific Approval

  • Remedial/Deficiency

  • Refresher

  • Independent Study

  • Internships/Practical Training

  • Cooperative Training


Distance education

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Distance Education

  • Includes Internet and TV Courses

  • SAA Approves as Independent Study

  • SAA Needs to Know Specifically Different Types of Course Offered via Distance Ed

  • Distance Education Approval Application

  • Complete Programs Only


Precluded programs

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Precluded Programs

  • Bartending and Personality Development

  • Avocational and Recreational

  • Programs Delivered via Radio


Continued approval

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Continued Approval

  • Schools must submit catalogs, school calendars and other publications containing descriptions of programs and courses or both as soon as they are published

  • Annual Supervisory Visits

  • Other visits as required


Other programs of interest

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Other Programs of Interest

  • Licensing and Certification Tests

  • Troops to Teachers

  • Entrepreneurship Courses


Licensing and certification tests

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Licensing and Certification Tests

  • Payable under Chapters 30, 32 and 35

  • Licensing – test offered by state, local or federal agency required by law for occupation

  • Certification – test to provide affirmation of qualifications in occupation; not required

  • Maximum payment - $2000 per test; no limit to number of tests, not to exceed entitlement

  • www.gibill.va.gov - for info on approved tests and procedures for reimbursement


Troops to teachers

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Troops to Teachers

  • Illinois one of 26 states with a “Troops to Teachers” program

  • Over 150 participants placed in Illinois

  • Primary function of the program is referral and placement service

  • Offer advice, guidance and direction for obtaining necessary certification or special assignment certification to teach in Illinois


Troops to teachers1

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Troops to Teachers

  • Point of Contact Information

    • Dr. Gregory Davenport, Principal Consultant

      c/o Illinois State Board of Education

      Chicago, Illinois

      Toll Free: 1-800-845-8749

  • http://www.isbe.net/teachers/TTT/ttt.htm


Entrepreneurship courses

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Entrepreneurship Courses

  • PL Law 108-183 passed Dec. 16, 2003

  • Courses taught by either Small Business Development Centers or The Veteran Corporation

  • Available to CH 30, 32, 1606 Students


Transfer of entitlement

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Transfer of Entitlement

  • Allows for the transfer of entitlement to one or more servicemember’s dependents

  • Veteran must meet following stipulations

    • (1) completed six years of service,

    • (2) either have a critical skill or military specialty designated by the Secretary of Defense for transferability, and

    • (3) enter into an agreement to serve at least 4 more years


References and contact information

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

References and Contact Information

  • World-Wide Web

    • www.vba.va.gov

    • www.state.il.us./agency/dva/fedben.htm

  • Email

    • [email protected]

    • [email protected]

      • Both veterans and certifying officials can use the above; however, certifying officials can receive a response within 24 hours by placing “Certifying Official Problem” in the subject area of the email message.


References and contact information cont d

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

References and Contact Information (cont’d.)

  • Telephone

    • Veterans and Certifying Officials can call

      1-888-442-4551

    • Illinois State Approving Agency

      Administrator, Joan Ryan

      (217) 782-7838

    • USDVA – Illinois Educational Liaison Representative Avis McFarlind

      (314) 552-9876 (Certifying Officials Only)


Questions

Illinois State Approving Agency

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Questions


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