Spring 2013 |
Support services help ease the transition for veterans
More than two million Americans were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
over the last decade. Many returning home are looking for ways to integrate
back into the civilian workforce. Metropolitan Community College was the
first college in Nebraska to offer full support services to military/veteran
students seeking to utilize their GI Bill benefits to fund their
education—and transition back into civilian life.
"Students have the ability to go to school financially, but you've got to
make it easy for them to transition," said Bobby Loud, director of Military
and Veterans Support Services at MCC. "They need to know how to get started
and use their benefits."
To meet the needs of veteran students, MVSS offers a one-stop Veteran
Center at the South Omaha Campus to support current military service
members, veterans and their families as they pursue their academic, career
and personal goals by easing the transition from military to college life.
The transition to the classroom after serving in the military can be a
challenge, especially for first-time college students, and needs may vary.
Some students may be dealing with traumatic brain injuries or PTSD, while
others need help adjusting to a new process.
The center, adjacent to Veteran Financial Services, offers numerous
transition assistance and resource services that are unique to
military/veteran students, including: military-specific administrative
and advising staff; a computer lab; a Student Veterans of America chapter;
and a website (www.mccneb.edu/mvss) where students can access
information pertaining to employment opportunities, community resources,
scholarships and important College resources such as Disability Support
"Military students are disciplined. If they sign up, they show up. The
retention Support services help ease the transition for veterans rate of a
veteran student, provided the right support services, is higher than the
average population. On the other hand, without those support services,
retention goes down," Loud said.
MCC serves a diverse military student population of more than 1,400
students. At least 30 percent take classes at the South Omaha Campus. Many
choose to enter fields similar to their military jobs. "In some cases, a
community college can be a better fit to enhance their skills in trade
areas," Loud said.
Student Matt Hyland said, "I came to MCC because I earned college credit
for my military experience." Advisors offer military transfer credit
evaluations and articulation agreements, guiding students toward courses
that will satisfy bachelor degree requirements should they choose to
continue their education.
Affordable tuition cost makes MCC a good choice for many military
students and families. MCC was named to the coveted 2013 Military-Friendly
Schools list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and
trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service
members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on
campus. For more information, call 402-738-4774.