Thursday, December 3, 2015

Veterans Success Project Launched Today

Montage of images from today's project launch
Images from today's #VeteransSuccessProject Launch
The Maricopa Community Colleges system plans to create a statewide program to provide support to military personnel, veterans and their families as they move from active duty to civilian life. 

more images of MCCCD leadership and other Maricopa County leaders at launch
The program, which takes a holistic approach to helping veterans and families identify and reach education, career, and life goals, will begin once the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation raises the $14 million to support the initiative.

The new program will build on Maricopa’s successful record in providing education to veterans through, for example, its East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, which is supported by several Maricopa Community Colleges and led by Rio Salado College. The new Veterans Success Project proposes creation of a similar center in the West Valley that will be a regional hub where veterans and their families will receive a variety of support under one roof.

“No matter where veterans live in metro Phoenix, they will be able to find services and educational support at one of the Veterans Educational Centers or one of our 12 campus Vet Centers,” said Maricopa Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “This new project will allow us to provide more effective pathways for veterans to reach their career goals.”

Other proposed items – all dependent on raising funds to support them – include:
  • A prototype for a centralized District and State Application for Veterans Aid database that would allow electronic submission, processing and tracking of veteran aid and pre-enrollment advisement.
  • A centralized location for student referrals to be entered and tracked and customer satisfaction to be recorded.
  • A center for curriculum evaluation and transfer model for military credits. Among other things, military courses will be checked against courses and skills at Arizona’s colleges and universities.
  • Faculty and staff training to raise awareness about such veteran issues as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
  • A veterans Career Re-entry job placement and referral center in collaboration with local business and industry.
  • A District contact and resolution center to help veterans transition into the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as link veterans to critical community-based support services.
  • Veterans success courses specifically oriented to the needs of veterans.Expansion of existing veterans centers to provide satellite support services to veterans, active-duty Guard, reserve military members, and their families.
The proposal calls for the District to work closely with community organizations supporting veterans. A key goal is to provide a seamless transfer process for veterans interested in completing a baccalaureate degree. Working through a centralized Maricopa Community Colleges District veterans Office, a pathway specifically for veteran students will be developed with the state public universities to help veterans secure their benefits, transfer their military courses and credits and get properly connected to the same support services their received at their community college.

For more information about the Veteran Student Success Project please contact Felicia Ganther, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Services, at 480-731-8824. For information about the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, please contact Mary O’Connor, the Foundation’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, at 480-731-8403.

About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa Community College system includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain. It also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, Maricopa Corporate College and several satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.