Bainbridge Island, WA (May 16, 2016)Veteran Transition Publishing announced the launch of its latest college success publication, Camouflage to Campus – Supporting Military-Connected Students in Higher Education (Book & Field Guide).

Camouflage to Campus is the essential resource for higher education professionals wanting to create, develop, and enhance the programming on their campus for military-connected students.

There are 1 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 will be a two-part resource.  The book will include an understanding of the Student Veteran, as well as the Veteran mindset, connecting with and engaging Student Veterans, creating strategic partnerships, training faculty, staff and advisers, establishing a transition course, strategic funding programming, developing career transition programs, program assessment, case studies and other related information.  The book will be supported with a field guide and webinar series highlighting best practices, checklists, and implementation guides from the top veteran programs in higher education.

“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 – Nicholas Osborne is the Interim Director of the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a veteran of the Coast Guard and a former intelligence and law enforcement officer. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of California at Davis. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, a textbook and continues to speak at regional and national conferences on topics related to veterans and higher education.

Patricia K.Y. Starks – Patricia is a graduate student in the Social Work Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. An Air Force Veteran serves in the Air National Guard out of Peoria, IL.  She currently works as the Career Services Coordinator and Social Media Strategist for the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education.  Additionally, Patricia is the President of Illini Veterans, a chapter of the 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 8 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, 2nd Marine Division. He recently oversaw academic and career services at the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at Illinois and now completing his Post-Doctoral Research at the Hines VA Hospital.

Jamie M. Richards – Jamie Richards 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 – is the President of Veteran Transition Publishing. He is a military, college, and career transition expert, author, speaker and coach.  Terry has more than 16 years of experience assisting college leaders help their students achieve academic, personal development, financial and career success.  He has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.

Camouflage to Campus (book and field guide) is expected to be released in September 2016. However, several promotional webinars and resources are expected to be released over the summer. Those looking to learn more can register to receive updates, including pre-order discounts and information, HERE.

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 through a WebApp service. To learn more, and to purchase copies of their publication, visit www.CollegeTransitionPublishing.com or call (206) 201-2751.

 

 

 

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