College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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cross-town programs can make Reserve Offi cers' Training Corp (ROTC) available, as well. The provision of these benefi ts clearly demonstrates a college or univer- sity's commitment to military students. Relevant Degree Options and Career Placement Support Relevant degree options are increas- ingly important to veteran and active service members. Therefore, colleges looking to cater to these individuals should offer two- and four-year degree options in areas such as management, leadership, and public administration. Additionally, these degree options should be made available on a fl exible schedule through day, night, and online courses. Colleges that understand the difference between traditional day students and military students will make allowances and build curriculums around the desires and needs of their veteran and active duty service members. Career placement is one of the most important aspects of a military student's education. The transition from academic to civilian life is as critical to military students as the transition from military to student life. Colleges must acknowledge this process and provide the necessary support through internship opportunities, access to career counselors, and a network of military-friendly employers. Colleges should also have experienced veteran advisors and counselors on staff who can help liaise with local Vet Reps for career placement. By leveraging their business and community connections, military-friendly colleges can effectively make the transition for military students into the workforce as seamless as possible. On-Campus Resources Provide Pertinent Information Military-friendly colleges offer on- campus resources to make learning about and utilizing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefi ts as easy as possible for veteran and active duty service members. As stated in the JUNE 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 61 Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, "The vast array of funding possi- bilities illuminates the need for institu- tions to have a point person or offi ce that can work with service member complexi- ties." It is advised that military students seek out this individual or offi ce to learn about the benefi ts available in order to maximize their college experience. CPM Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, president of Fisher College in Boston and veteran Army service member, may be reached at 617/236- 8800 or tmcgovern@Fisher.edu. SITE FURNISHINGS are more than just seats or a place to deposit litter. They need to be more than just sleek design. we design, engineer and MANUFACTURE long-lasting, ergonomic and attractive site furnishings to give your project more. Zigzag NRB bench, FRST-6 tables with FRB-6 benches, S-42 litter receptacles, optional silver. London, England installation. For an in-depth look at site furnishings and the qualities to look for before specification, schedule a Lunch & Learn at your office. | Tel: 301.855.8300 1.800.368.2573 (USA & Canada) | Maryland, USA | www.victorstanley.com

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