Showing posts with label VA News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VA News. Show all posts

Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Business Writing Course for Vets

Header for event flier: Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills? Sign up for a no-cost Veterans Community Learning Hub featuring high-impact business writing at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC).

Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills?

Sign up for a no-cost Veterans Community Learning Hub featuring high-impact business writing at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC). 


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Veterans Community Learning Hubs give you the opportunity to build your skills through a combination of online learning and in-person sessions.

Participants will be required to complete a course module online every week, and then attend an in-person session at the EVVEC to discuss the material with other students-- and to hear from experts in the field.

Transitioning service-members, veterans, and their spouses will receive a course certificate co-issued by Coursera and the University of California Irvine upon successful completion of the course.

To register, email: christine.gannon.ctr@calibresys.com. Please include “Veterans Community Learning Hub” in the subject line and your name and city in the body.


Veterans Community Learning Hub:

Improve Your Business Writing Skills
Beginning Friday, February 12, 2016
9-10 a.m.
East Valley Veterans Education Center

3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

All in-person sessions will be held at 9 a.m. every Friday, through March 4, 201.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rio Salado Veterans Club Luncheon-- Feb. 3!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club
We appreciate the awesome response to join Rio Salado's new Student ‪Veterans‬ Club and we look forward to seeing new members at the first official meeting/luncheon, Feb. 3 at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) in Tempe.

This luncheon will give you a chance to meet fellow veterans and veteran support staff, tour the EVVEC and learn about its resources, discuss future club activities and learn about Student Veterans of America.

Rio Salado Veterans Club Meeting/ Luncheon
Wednesday, February 3
Beginning at 11:30 a.m.

East Valley Veterans Education Center
3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call 480-384-9851.

If you would like to attend but aren't available to make the drive you can call in by dialing 480-517-8900 and entering the meeting I.D. 9850#.

The club is open to all veteran students and free to join!

Not a member yet? Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Maricopa County StandDown for Vets Jan. 28-29

AZ Veterans StandDown Alliance logo: Coordinated by the AZ Coaltion to End Homelessness.
The 2016 Maricopa County StandDown for veterans will take place January 28-29. 

While the primary goal is to help homeless veterans access resources, including housing, its secondary goal is to bring community and service providers together in a collaborative format to build relationships throughout the year to benefit homeless and at risk veterans.

image of a homeless person sleeping on the street.  Text: Are you or someone you know in need of help?

We encourage you to attend if you need help as a veteran!

We also encourage our community to volunteer time and resources to help improve the lives of veterans who are in need of these services. 

Maricopa County StandDown
January 28 & 29
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Please visit arizonastanddown.org for additional details about the event, donating and volunteering.

The Arizona StandDown is an alliance of community-based organizations
that come together to provide annual, one to three day events that bring together the State's homeless and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging from: VA HealthCare, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License's, Court Services and Legal Aidea, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other services and resources. Learn more at the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.


The February 2015 Maricopa County StandDown was the largest, singular outreach event for homeless veterans in the country.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Veterans Club in 2016!

Image of Rio veteran graduates posing for a picture.  Text: Join the New Veterans Club

Rio Salado College and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are joining forces to establish a Student ‪Veterans‬ Club.

The club is open to all veteran students and is free to join! Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Join the Club!

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mental Health Awareness & Maintenance Tips

montage of images relating to mental health.
Finals and the holiday season are here and the end of the year is near-- which means some of us maybe feeling a bit more stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some perspectives, insights and wellness tips about mental health from Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown to consider-- all year long.

In the scope of health and wellness, the focus is often on physical well-being while forgetting the important component of mental wellness.

Struggles with physical illness and disabilities are discussed openly and tend to be met with empathy while issues of mental health—including maintaining good mental health and battling with various degrees of mental illness—may be treated in the exact opposite way to the point of being stigmatized.

Of course, many of the things designed for physical health—exercise, a balanced diet—also contribute to maintaining a balanced mental health profile. Sometimes, however, these things are not sufficient and help should be sought.

Just like a minor physical issue, such as a cold or a sprained ankle, certain emotional stresses can be adequately dealt with by speaking with supportive friends and/or family members. Similarly, a more significant physical issue, such as a broken leg, would require the professional intervention of a medical doctor. A more significant behavioral health issue, such as persistent anxiety or depression, requires the assistance of a professional counselor, therapist, or psychologist.

In fact, even mental health professionals seek out other mental health professionals from time to time. Think of it like a maintenance plan; just as cars need periodic oil changes so does one’s mental health. Spending an hour talking, processing (positive or negative) stressful events, and allowing yourself to be centered on self is a great way to exercise those mental health muscles.

image of  a young women getting cousnel from a mental health professional
Some may think mental health services are out of reach, but finding care is easier than one might think.

First, many health insurance policies—including ACCCS—provide a mental health benefit. The easiest way to find a care provider is to contact your health insurance provider and ask for a list.

Second, many providers offer a sliding scale fee for potential clients who do not have health insurance. In these cases, fees are typically based on one’s income and can be as low as $25 per session.

A third, slightly less expensive option is seeking assistance through one of the university counselor training programs. In these settings, counselors are university students and they are supervised by licensed clinicians. ASU’s Counselor Training Center is located on the main campus in Tempe and provides weekly counseling sessions during the fall and spring semesters at a cost of $80 for community members. The University of Phoenix provides free counseling at their Counseling Skills Center in Tempe.

Another option is reaching out to a crisis hotline or a warm line. There are several options within Maricopa County, including the Behavioral Health Crises Line, which offers a 24-hour crisis line at (602) 222 -9444 as well as a warm line at (602) 347-1100 that is available seven days a week.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline (www.glbthotline.org) offers an online chat option through its website as well as a warm line (888) 843-4564 with limited availability.

Veterans can access help through a 24-hour hotline at (877) 424-3838 and/or live chat offered by the National Call Center for Homeless Vets (www.va.gov/homeless).

The only mistake is not asking for help.

The fear of being stigmatized has prevented many people who are struggling with significant mental health issues from seeking the help they need.

Untreated mental illness is just as significant as any physical illness going undiagnosed and/or untreated and it can be just as debilitating.

For more details about Rio Salado counseling services, visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785.

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. www.maricopa.edu.

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cybersecurity Employment Oppty for Veterans!

image of earth secured by bars and a shield
PwC has committed to hiring 60 veterans into Cybersecurity roles by February 2016.

Learn about PwC, this recruitment initiative, eligibility requirements, the application process and more by visiting this web page.

Program Overview: Individuals selected during the Cybersecurity Hiring Initiative will join the Firm in various full-time cyber positions across the country and will begin their PwC experience in early 2016.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

image of a veterans day parade, people clapping

Today we extend our deepest thanks to all veterans for their service and sacrifice—and renew our commitment to provide the support they need to transition to civilian life and higher learning.

Rio Salado is proud of its Military Advisement program, East Valley Veterans Education Center, Military Friendly Schools® distinction and ability to provide comprehensive support services for veterans and their families.

This edition of Sonoran Living provides a glimpse into the other ways Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are serving veterans.

‪#‎VeteransStudentsSuccess‬ ‪#‎VeteransDay‬ #Veterans

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Benefits of Community College for Veterans

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Here's some advice from Marine ‪#‎veteran‬ Christopher Flurry about the benefits of attending community college, which was recently featured in Task & Purpose.

Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and East Valley Veterans Education Center are ready to help you transition to college life and succeed!

Learn more about Rio Salado's Veterans Affairs services at www.riosalado.edu/veteran.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Veterans Job Fair, Aug 12


On Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Maricopa Skill Center is hosting a veterans job fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Families of veterans and supporters of veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with over 40 of Phoenix's top veteran-friendly employers! Come prepared with copies of you resume, dressed for an interview.

Maricopa Skill Center
1245 E. Buckeye Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Wednesday, Aug. 12 
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Brought to you by the Maricopa Skill Center, Arizona Department of Economic Security Veteran's Services, Maricopa Workforce Connections, Mesa Community College and Jobertising.com

Monday, July 13, 2015

In-person Classes Return to EVVEC


The East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) is excited to announce the return of in-person classes starting fall 2015.

The EVVEC will offer an in-person COM100 (Introduction to Human Communication) class, beginning August 31, 2015. The 3-credit, 8-week class will meet on Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:20 p.m.

EVVEC on-site academic advisors are available to help students determine whether this course meets their education plans.

To learn more, please contact Military Advisors Jordan Sherwood at (480) 384-9850 or Melanie James at (480) 517-8159.

To learn more about upcoming classes or information on workshops and other services available at the EVVEC, please email evvec@riosalado.edu, call 480-384-9850 and visit the EVVEC Facebook page.

The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College, A Maricopa Community College.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Veterans Upward Bound EVVEC Schedule

image of a soldier standing next to a chalk board with caption that reads, "Earn your degree."

Arizona State University’s Veterans Upward Bound Project is a free educational program that prepares veterans to transition to college.

Classes are designed to help veterans improve English, math and computer skills, and are held at the East Valley Veterans Center at no cost to qualified applicants.

Students receive one-on-one instruction, tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications and referrals to other services as needed.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Low-income and/or a first generation student
  • Served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days
  • Served more than 30 consecutive days and called to active duty on or after 9/11/2001.
  • Have discharge status anything other than dishonorable

VUB classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

English and Computer Literacy (Mon. and Wed., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Reading
  • Composition
  • Grammar

Math (Tue. and Thur., 2 – 4 p.m.)
  • Basic math through pre-calculus

For more details, call 480-384-9850.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Congressman Gallego Veterans Resource Fair

Congressman Ruben Gallego banner for Veterans Resource Fair July 1

Join Congressman Ruben Gallego for a Veterans Resource Fair July 1!

Staff from the Phoenix VA Regional Benefit Office, VA Medical Center and other organizations will be on hand to answer your questions.

Veterans Resource Fair
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Mountain Community College Student Union

Register now.

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 Veterans Convocation Photo Album

Photos from the Maricopa Community Colleges Veterans Convocation at Glendale Community College on May 7 are now available through the East Valley Veterans Education Center Facebook page.

A special thank you to photographer Jordan Sherwood for beautifully capturing these special moments.

Sherwood is a U.S. Marine veteran who serves as a Rio Salado Student Services Specialist at the East Valley Veterans Education Center. You can learn more about Sherwood in this Maricopa Matters profile: ow.ly/ND6XU

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In Honor of Memorial Day, May 25

United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon at night.

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 25, in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces.

image of flags waving in the air

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.


The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”  The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence.

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. - Harry S. Truman

Image 1: United States Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon 
Image 3: War Memorial in Washington D.C. by Vinoth Chandar

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

City of Mesa Councilmembers Visit EVVEC

City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).
On April 7, City of Mesa Councilmembers Kevin Thompson and Chris Glover visited the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) for an informational tour.

The City of Mesa is working to address veteran homelessness so the Councilmembers visited the EVVEC to determine if the city could help provide wrap-around resources and services that could augment their initiative.

Pictured above:
City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).

Friday, April 10, 2015

Military Veteran Women Commemoration

image of the American flag.
Salute our military veteran women in a special commemoration on Thursday, April 16 at Glendale Community College.

Celebrate women who have served, are currently serving or have fallen with honor in service to this country.

RSVP to geeva@gccaz.edu

Military Veteran Women Commemoration
Thursday, April 16
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Glendale Community College
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
Student Union 104 D/E

Event will include food, refreshments and guest speakers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Free Workshops for Veterans in April

An armed forces member shakes hands with a civilan.
Take advantage of these Free workshops at the East Valley Veterans Education Center this April.

RSVP Required. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Financial Literacy Workshop
Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. 
Presented by Five Rings Financial to help you set financial goals, manage credit and debt, protect yourself against identify theft and find ways to save and invest while managing risk. Group and individual Q&A sessions will follow presentation. Complementary literature and workbooks provided free of charge.

Employable Skills & Readiness Workshop

Thursday, April 16, 4 p.m. 
Presented by the Maricopa Workforce Connection to provide strategies on how to improve your resume, enhance your interviewing and networking skills and capitalize on your military experience as part of the civilian workforce.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Informational Presentation
Wednesday, April 22, 5 p.m. 
Presented by VA patient advocates, who will provide information about VA benefits, vocational rehabilitation, filing disability claims, medical care and more. They will also help you register with the VA Medical Center and set appointments with counselors. Complementary literature provided free of charge

Where: EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282
 

More Information: 480-384-9850 / www.evvec.org

Classes available free of charge to veterans and their families.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free ASU VUB Classes for Veterans @ EVVEC

image of a U.lS. army soldiere carrying books.

The Veterans Upward Bound Project (VUB) at Arizona State University (ASU) is a federally funded educational program designed to motivate and assist veterans as they pursue higher education.

Among the benefits available through this program are free, in-person classes to help strengthen academic skills-- with one-on-one instruction and tutoring-- and help with college planning, financial literacy, career guidance and more.
Take advantage of free in-person classes that will help you with the fundamentals of English, computers and mathematics at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, 2-4 p.m.


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
3rd Friday of each Month
English and Computers
Mathematics
English and Computers
Mathematics
Workshops.  Topics Vary.



Classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

Here is a listing of all ASU VUB classes available across the Valley:

Image of ASU VUB schedule.  For a text version, call PHONE: (480) 965-3944 or E-MAIL: VUB@ASU.EDU




Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Tax Service from Military OneSource

You could pay for financial counseling and tax consultations, but why? You could pay for your tax software, but why? Military OneSource helps service members and eligible family members by providing access to no-cost financial counseling, tax consultations and secure online tax preparation and filing. Get started on your taxes now by meeting with a trained Military OneSource tax consultant for military-specific advice regarding your tax questions, at no cost. Call 800-342-9647 today or click here for tax services.

Preparing for ‪#‎tax‬ season? Military OneSource tax service is available for eligible service members and their families any time of the year, anywhere around the globe-- free of charge! It's just one of the many benefits offered by Military OneSource.

Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families.

Take advantage of the benefits you deserve!


News shared by the East Valley Veterans Education Center, providing free services to veterans and their families, including educational and career outreach, academic advisement, community referrals and in-person workshops and classes.