Thursday, September 20, 2018

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SDSU suppports veterans in a variety of ways. SDSU suppports veterans in a variety of ways.

SDSU Hosts Trainings for Veteran Education

The Vet-Net Ally training will educate faculty and staff about teaching to veterans.
By Jamie Ballard

The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at San Diego State University is hosting a Vet-Net Ally training today for faculty and staff, in order to educate them about military culture and veterans in the classroom.

“It’s an awareness seminar,” explained Todd Kennedy, veterans coordinator at SDSU. “It presents a look at military culture, why people join the military, why they leave the military to go to school, the challenges they face, and the benefits they bring to the classroom. It’s intended to present to people who might not have experience with or knowledge of that culture.”

Challenges and advantages

Some of the challenges that veterans can face include difficulty readjusting to everyday civilian life and feeling isolated from their usually much-younger peers. Some veterans also find it difficult to transition from a very rigid and heavily scheduled environment to the slower, more flexible pace of collegiate life.  

However, this structured lifestyle can also be a benefit. The carryover of military discipline can result in improved academic performances and higher grade point averages for many veteran students.

Creating support

The program, which originally started at California State University, Long Beach will be broken up into two parts. The morning session will consist of the seminar, and the afternoon will consist of a “train the trainer” session where certain individuals will be trained to lead the seminar in the future.

Patrick O’Rourke, director of Active Duty and Veterans Affairs Services office at CSULB at the CSU Chancellor's Office, and Dr. Marshall Thomas, director of Veterans Services at CSULB, will be leading both the seminar and the training.

Funding for the seminar and training came in form of a grant from J.P. Morgan Chase, according to Kennedy.

“We are one of the most military-supportive colleges in the country,” he remarked. “We plan to shed light on the military culture on campus, for those who may not be aware already.”

About the center

This is only one of the many programs the Joan and Art Barron Center offers to veterans on campus. The center offers a variety of resources to support veterans at SDSU, including specialized programs such as Troops to Engineers, an academic advisor supporting the Wounded Warrior Battalion, VetSuccess on Campus, and the on-campus Student Veterans House.