2013 Innovation of the Year Project Detail.
Central Community College
Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success
Travis Karr, Veteran Student Coordinator, and Amber Cramer, Outreach Coordinator
Student Services and Activities : Veterans & Military
In 2011, Central Community College (CCC) received one of 15 U.S. Department of Education grants to create a series of best practices for veteran students. CCC established dedicated Veteran’s Resource Centers (VRC) on three campuses with online presence for rural veterans. Through partnerships with the VA Hospital, Vocational Rehabilitation, and community agencies, these one stop shops provide a dedicated place for personal, academic, financial, physical, social, and career counseling, as well as advocacy through a variety of creative programs and institutional policy changes. One program, a mandatory faculty/staff boot camp, addressed comprehensive needs of veterans: reintegration challenges in the classroom, PTSD, and brain injuries. This program trained 95% of CCC, 10 Nebraska colleges, 8 organizations, impacted 4,500 participants, and comprises a webinar to instruct new employees. Overall the VRC has increased retention rates by 14% and completion rates by 18%.
How this project is being recognized:
ranked #2 of 650 institutions in nation, “Best for Vets”, Military Times; state senators presented: Top 15% Military Friendly School 2013; Top 20% Military Friendly Schools - G.I. Jobs 2012; U.S. Joint Chief of Staff - Best Practice for Veterans; college newsletter; G.I. City Council; Spirit of Nebraska
|The criteria this project has met