Department of Defense Memo of Understanding



West Hills College Lemoore supports the Principles of Excellence guidelines as an educational institution participating in the federal tuition assistance program. West Hills College Lemoore acts in accordance with the DOD principles and criteria. West Hills College Lemoore is dedicated to assisting the military service members, veterans and their dependents allowing them to earn their associate degree and the option to continue their college education. Per the recommendation of the American Council of Education (ACE) credit will be awarded for military training and experience.

Courses may be obtained through online and/or traditional classrooms. Terms are offered in 18 week, 9 week and one summer intersession. Student Educational Plans shall be issued to enhance the academic goals of the service member and their dependents. Transfer credits will be accepted from an accredited institution. Counselors, advisors and student service personnel will be readily available to assist the servicemember and their dependents.

For more information on the Voluntary Education Military Program call (559) 925-3216 or visit our Active Military site


American Council on Education's Commission on Education Credit (ACE )

WHCL awards credit for military training and experience based on recommendation provided by ACE guidelines. A maximum of twenty seven (27) semester units of elective degree credit may be awarded for those service schools that the ACE Directory recommends for specific lower division credit, but for which WHCL does not offer a specific equivalent. In addition, of three (3) semester units for Health Education 35 (GE requirement) will be awarded. Residency requirements of twelve (12) units must be completed before non-traditional credits are posted officially on current transcript.

Military Credit Information

WHCL students may submit one and/or both of the following options to receive military credit:

  • Official Joint Services Transcript (JST)
  • DD-214 (A DD-214 does not constitute credit)