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  • Currently, the training program must
    • Provide assistance services to veterans
    • Provide quality education opportunities
    • Provide employment opportunities
    • Meet program expansion needs
  • UVSS allows for these missions to be focused on by one entity each while also taking care of their own expansion needs:

 

Our team of professional developers are held to high standards. In accordance with our many years of experience, we have developed a methodology that has produced consistent results across the board.

These are the five pillars for sucessful Veterans training and education



Academic Preparation and Tutoring

Many military students, upon entering college or other postsecondary institutions, find they may need tutoring and/or additional educational support outside the classroom. Many schools across the country are developing tutoring programs designed specifically for student veterans. Whether walk-in or by schedule, getting the word out to veteran students that academic resources are available to support them is an important step. Some schools offer priority registration for student veterans who sign up for weekly tutoring sessions.

While most institutions offer free tutoring services, students using educational benefits (including dependents) and in need of more intensive tutoring services may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the VA to defray tutoring expenses. Whatever you do, let student veterans know these resources exist

Policies

There are a number of policy issues related specifically to student veterans. These include, but are not limited to: entrance exams, transcript review, deferral and readmission (most notably for National Guard and Reserve Members), transfer, residency, early registration, and withdrawal.

Be certain to include a section within each of these written policies that clearly articulates (for both students and faculty/staff) how these policies affect student veterans in general and the parameters around which consideration can and will be made for those called up for National Guard or Reserve duties.

 

Disability Services

Most veterans with service-connected disabilities, or those wounded during their time in the service, do not readily identify with the term “disabled.” For a variety of reasons, it is generally difficult for veterans to acknowledge that a disability might be hindering their potential to perform to the best of their ability, in school or anywhere else.

Other factors impact a veteran’s willingness to seek disability services, as well. For example, those who incurred injuries in a noncombat environment may be reluctant to talk about their conditions because they perceive it as shameful. Further, veterans with acquired injuries are not likely to have progressed through the K-12 education system with an individualized education program and are therefore unlikely to be aware of disability resources available to them.

Other veterans may not yet have a disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and they incorrectly assume that this disqualifies them from services. (Disability ratings, in fact, are not qualifiers for campus disability services.) For all of these reasons, bringing disability services, education, and awareness to the attention of student veterans is critically important.

VA Workstudy Program

Eligible veterans, either full- or 3/4-time students in a degree, vocational, or professional program, can take advantage of a VA Work-Study Program, often referred to as “Earn While You Learn.” This program is designed to assist the veteran (and the institution) both financially and professionally. Work performed must be related to the VA and can include, but is not limited to:

  • Processing VA paperwork at schools or VA offices;
  • Performing outreach services on campus, under the supervision of a VA employee;
  • Performing services at VA medical facilities, other VA offices or state employment offices;
  • Working in veterans admissions, GI Bill matters and/or as a peer navigator; or
  • Making phone calls, sending emails and welcoming new students to campus.

Most importantly, the work completed should be linked to the veteran’s interests and abilities and the type of work needed by the institution. The VA Work-Study Program allows for creative, fulfilling, and meaningful experiences for the student veteran and a knowledgeable and committed employee for the institution.

 

 

Career Services

Returning service members are entering post-secondary education in record numbers. Some would argue the increase is due to the educational benefits attached to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, while others would maintain the surge is due to current economic conditions and higher than average unemployment rates. Either way, service members and their families look to educational institutions for career direction and employment connections.

While it is not the responsibility of a university’s career center to provide job placement services or make employment or career promises, it is generally understood and expected that networking opportunities and internship possibilities will be offered and promoted. That said, there are steps colleges and universities can take to ensure their career services are both veteran friendly and veteran promoting.