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Concurrent Sessions A: Meeting the Needs of Returning Military Veterans: The At Ease Project

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With the recent implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, military veterans are entering college campuses at a greater rate than ever before. Not all institutions are ready to meet and respond to the needs of our country’s veterans. The goal of the At Ease Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to create and test a replicable model of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) college success program for returning combat veterans with disabilities. The project utilizes “wraparound” interventions, surrounding veteran students with a welcoming environment; supportive faculty; intensive pre‐enrollment preparation; ongoing academic support through tutoring, mentoring, and advising; and networking opportunities with other veterans. STCC has designed a model for community colleges that drastically increases the enrollment and graduation rates for veterans with disabilities in STEM certificate programs. Staff from the project will share their experiences working with military veterans and identify challenges and obstacles in developing a veteran‐friendly campus.
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2010-10-08
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