The Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA-ACME) covers the most military concentrated region in the world; it is the organization's mission to continue to provide progressive and innovative support for an ever-changing academic environment. VA-ACME is committed to addressing military education issues within the state of Virginia. There are three major focus areas for the state level Advisory Council on Military Education:
- Evaluating and restructuring policies related to acceptance and transfer of credit for veterans, military students, and their adult family members.
- Enhancing the educational aspirations of the military populations in the state.
- Making educational programs accessible in cost, location, and scheduling.
Just as its national arm, the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), the VA-ACME membership is composed of military and civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, suppliers of education products/services, service members and veterans, and governmental organizations that support military and veteran education. The VA-ACME facilitates communication between the membership and the U.S. Department of Defense educational support network.
As a branch of the national organization, which is the only national organization for professional military educators, VA-ACME was established to promote, support, and deliver meaningful education within all branches of the Armed Services by encouraging educational institutions to be innovative and flexible in meeting educational needs.
VA-ACME provides a forum at its annual symposium for the discussion of current issues and planning for future programming. This organization encourages cooperative and coordinated efforts for efficient and effective educational services for Armed Forces personnel and their family members.
The VA-ACME awards multiple scholarships totaling a minimum of $10,000.00 at its annual symposium during a special event honoring the recipients and their achievements. The following individuals are eligible to apply for the VA-ACME scholarship program:
- Active Duty, Drilling Reservist, or National Guard Member
- Spouse of Active Duty Member, Drilling Reservist, National Guard, or Military Retiree
- Child of Active Duty Member, Drilling Reservist, National Guard, or Military Retiree
- Permanently disabled military member or their family member (spouse or child) or family member of service member missing/killed in action
- Veteran or Retiree of the Armed Forces
MARKET & SIGNATURE EVENT
The military voluntary education program funds approximately a half billion dollars annually in tuition assistance benefits that help service members enroll in over 800,000 courses! The VA-ACME Symposium is one of the few opportunities within the state of Virginia for 200+ professionals who support education opportunities for active duty military, veterans and their families including representatives from higher education colleges/universities plus government agencies (e.g. Department of Defense, Education, Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor).