|BGSU, Owens implement veterans program|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 17 August 2013 08:38|
Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College are two of 250 community colleges and universities nationwide, and two of four institutions in Ohio, implementing the Obama Administration's "8 Keys to Success" to help veterans on campus.
The "8 Keys to Success" highlight specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals. It aims to aid veterans in their effort to afford and complete their college degrees, certificates, industry-recognized credentials and licenses in preparation for jobs in high-growth sectors of the economy.
President Obama recently introduced the initiative at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando.
"We're announcing what we call '8 Keys to Success' - specific steps that schools can take to truly welcome and encourage our veterans," President Obama said. "And so far, more than 250 community colleges and universities have signed on, and today I'm calling on schools across America to join us in this effort. Let's help our veterans get that degree, get that credential and compete for the high-skilled jobs of tomorrow."
"We can proudly say that BGSU currently addresses each of the eight steps and we are ready to do more," said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. "Supporting this national voluntary effort is in complete alignment with our strategies and goals for BGSU student veterans and the surrounding community."
"BGSU continues to enhance the services we provide to veterans," said Barb Henry, assistant vice president for Nontraditional and Transfer Student Services. "For example, it has been a challenge for institutions across the country to collect meaningful data to assess the success of our student veterans, and in collaboration with Institutional Research, we are developing more robust dashboards to better inform our decision making at BGSU."
"Owens Community College has already met each of the eight steps of President Obama's initiative and we continually work with our veteran students and various community and government agencies to enhance our services," said Betsy Johnson, vice president, enrollment management and student services.
"In fact, we recently participated in a conference call with Martha Kanter, under secretary of education and Allison Hickey, under secretary for benefits, Department of Veteran Affairs to discuss strategies on how to improve services for veterans," she said.
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