Bainbridge Island, WA (November 8, 2016) – Veteran Transition Publishing announced the launch of its first professional development program, Camouflage to Campus – Supporting Military-Connected Students in Higher Education.
Camouflage to Campus draws on a compilation of best practices and decades of experience in the military and higher education. It is the definitive resource for building a first class veterans program that works. The program covers everything from constructing a brand new program to enhancing and growing an already established office. Topics include:
- Understanding military-connected students and the veteran mindset
- The differences between military and college culture
- Working effectively with your student veterans organization
- Building strategic partnerships and establishing a culture of trust
- Faculty, staff and adviser training
- Military-focused activities and events
- Designing a first-year experience and transition course
- Career success
- Funding and advancement strategies
- Assessing your program
In short, Camouflage to campus answers all the questions you have and is the blueprint for building an effective and authentically military-friendly program.
There are 1.7 million plus Veterans seeking higher education since the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2009 was implemented. Although Veterans only represent 4% of the overall student population on college campuses today, it is one of the largest growing segments of students. However, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the completion rate for Veterans is 51.7%.
“That completion rate is terrible” stated Terry Arndt, President of Veteran Transition Publishing and contributing author of Camouflage to Campus. “Our Student Veterans deserve better and the higher education system understands this. The problem is that most colleges don’t know how to implement effective programming to engage, empower, and support this unique population of students. That is why we decided to embark on this project.” added Arndt.
Camouflage to Campus, in addition to an online certification course, certificate and badge; provides users a field guide of activities and action points, a knowledge base, a webinar library, as well as access to a private Linkedin group.will be a two-part resource.
“I’m excited to have such a great team working on this project.” stated Arndt. “Combined, they (the authors) have more than 30 years of experience of serving Student Veterans in higher education and have developed some of the best transition programs in the country. In addition, utilizing their connections in higher education, we have a vast library of resources, tools and expertise to leverage for this project.” added Arndt.
The book is authored by:
Dr. Nicholas J. Osborne – Nick is a former readjustment therapist for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He completed eight years’ service while working in various intelligence and law enforcement capacities and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant (O-3). He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of California at Davis and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and books on topics related to veterans and higher education. He is currently the Director of the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Patricia K.Y. Starks – Patricia is an Air Force veteran who is currently a graduate student with the Social Work Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Patricia worked on communication systems in her Air Force career, as part of a Combat Communications Squadron and a Joint Communication Support Element. She is currently in the Air National Guard out of Peoria, Illinois and works at the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education as the Career Services Coordinator and social media strategist. Additionally, Patricia is the President of Illini Veterans, a chapter of Student Veterans of America at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Dustin D. Lange – Dustin has a Doctorate in Community Health with a specialization in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He spent eight years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he did three deployments throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, while assigned to 2nd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company (FAST Co), Marine Security Force Battalion and Landing Force Sixth Fleet, 2ndMarine Division. He is the Associate Director of the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at Illinois.
Jamie M. Richards – Jamie serves as Purdue University’s Coordinator for Veteran and Military Programs and the Director of their Veterans Success Center. Previously he served as the Veterans Coordinator and School Certifying Official at Ivy Tech Community College. He has a BA in Creative Writing from Purdue University and an MA in Strategic Leadership from American Military University. Jamie served six years’ active duty during the Cold War on submarines and fourteen years in the reserves as a Seabee including an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment.
Terry J. Arndt – Terry, President of Veteran Transition Publishing, is an author, publisher, nationally recognized public speaker, coach, and consultant. Over the past 17 years, Terry has worked in the higher education market. He has co-authored several publications on Student Veteran success, as well as conducted education and training programs to assist civilian educators better serve this population of students. Terry earned his MBA from the University of Florida.
Camouflage to Campus is available now. Customers can purchase the full package or can choose to purchase the field guide or webinar series separately.
Veteran Transition Publishing, and it’s parent company, College Transition Publishing, is the leading independently owned publishing company focused solely on college and veteran transition success. The company was founded in 1999 and is based on Bainbridge Island, WA. They currently have seven college transition guides in print. All of their publications are available in print, ebook, as well as online courses. To learn more, and to purchase copies of their publication, visit www.CollegeTransitionPublishing.com or call (206) 201-2751.