SUNY ESC to Accept Service Members' Defense Threat Reduction University Credits

By Helen Edelman

March 28, 2011

DTRA Logo SUNY Empire State College's Office of Veteran and Military Education is coordinating a Memorandum of Agreement with the Defense Threat Reduction University (DTRU) in order to accept American Council on Education credits from 10 DTRU courses. The goal is for service members to be able to use these credits towards an undergraduate degree with the college, primarily in Emergency Management, Homeland Security and/or Criminal Justice programs.

DTRU, part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), is located on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. DTRA is dedicated to reducing the threat to the United States and its allies from nuclear, chemical, biological, conventional and special weapons through training, education and research at international, federal, state and local levels. This partnership provides a national capability for managing these activities. DTRU is both a virtual and real university, offering hands-on training, distance learning and thought-provoking education.

About 60 percent of DTRU students are in the Colorado Springs area where SUNY Empire State College’s military outreach specialist can meet and conduct pre-enrollment advising face-to-face, but DTRU students across the globe can participate through online learning. For more information contact Military Outreach Specialist William Yaeger at or 518-859-0794.

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