College Transition Publishing specializes in producing impactful, cost-effective, college and career transition services for traditional, community college, online, student veteran learners and employers. We provide our client’s customized publications, videos, presentations, and professional development resources.
The company was founded in 1999 as Life After Graduation. In 2013, with the success of the Life During College series, the business changed its name to College Transition Publishing. In 2015, the business expanded by adding Veteran Transition Publishing as a division of the company. Today, College Transition Publishing is the one of the largest independently owned higher education publishing companies.
We are 100% remote! No warehouses, no offices, no staff. The entire team all have “Day Jobs” (working in higher education, software sales, design, K-12 education, counseling, and more). Hence, the reason we don’t have an office phone number. But we promise, if you Contact Us, one of the team will be in touch ASAP.
We believe the model has been very successful. In fact, we have worked with more than 600 colleges, employers, and education-based organizations and sold more than a quarter million books.
Do you have a great idea for an impactful publication that focuses on academic, financial, or career success? Interested in joining the fun? Contact Us!
Terry J. Arndt
Terry is an author, publisher, nationally recognized speaker, coach and consultant. For the past 20 years, Terry has provided students, and those that serve them, with tools to achieve academic, financial and career success. He has written and co-authored 28 publications on student success, including several publications focused on the success of student veterans and those that serve them on campus. Terry earned his MBA from the University of Florida. He currently manages the largest independently owned college success publishing and coaching businesses serving the higher education market. He is also the Director of Customer Loyalty and for a software business. His team of 100 account professionals manage roughly $300M in annual revenue. In addition, he is a high school football coach.
Terry was raised in Central Washington State. He grew up on tree-fruit farms his father managed. His transition into college was challenging. Dropping out of community college twice, he eventually attended a 4-year college. Upon graduating, he was making as much as he was prior to starting college, but now he had student loans. Frustrated, he started a career, but eventually returned to school. There he realized there had to be a better way to not only achieve academic success, but also career and financial success. In 1999, he started Life After Graduation with his business partner, John Ricchini. The business eventually transitioned to become College Transition Publishing in 2013.
As a higher education, professional business leader, and coach, Terry’s message is simple and clear. In order to achieve success you must be engaged, focus on the basics, and be given a defined path to success. We all have the resources available to ensure success. It starts by understanding the basics…and doing them better than anyone else. In addition, success (and failure) doesn’t start at the company, college, or department level – it starts at the individual level.
Joanna M. Arndt
Joanna is the glue that keeps the business moving forward. She not only manages all the day-to-day activities of the business, but also the financials, graphic design, order processing/fulfillment, and anything else that comes along. When you contact the business, there is a good chance you’ll be connecting with Joanna. Joanna attended California State University, Fresno.
One of the priorities in the life of a graphic designer is to create useful, educational, fun, memorable, well-designed, and easily accessible media and print materials. This is why Jeanette appreciate the opportunity to work with College Transition Publishing and their customers. In addition to her design practice, Jeanette has more than 10 years of experience writing curriculum and teaching design for the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, Washington. While there, she frequently helped college students transition through art college to graduation by introducing them to real projects which lead to potential work experience. Jeanette has also raised two children – one currently “transitioning” through college.
Dr. Dustin D. Lange
Dustin is the author of Camo to Career and contributing author of Camouflage to Campus. He 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 currently serves as the Assistant Director at the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at Illinois.
Dr. Nicholas J. Osborne
Nick is a higher education consultant with over a decade of experience working in senior-level administrative positions. Nick was an Assistant Dean of Students and also the founding director of all veterans programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including The Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. He also worked at the Department of Veterans of Affairs and completed 8 years’ service on active duty and in the reserves in the U.S. Coast Guard, working in various law enforcement and intelligence capacities. Nick 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. His work has been cited by Student Veterans of America, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the First-Year Experience, the Journal of Innovative Higher Education, the Journal of Postsecondary Education & Disability, the Journal of College and Undergraduate Libraries, About Campus, and Military Advanced Education.
Patricia K.Y. Starks
Patricia is the co-author of Camouflage to Campus. She is an Air Force veteran who is currently a graduate student with the Social Work Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Patricia has worked on communication systems in her Air Force career, being part of a Combat Communications Squadrons 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.
Stephanie E. Williams
Stephanie is a co-author of Life During College: The Online Learner’s Guide to Success. She is an experienced instructional designer with almost 15 years of experience working in higher education. Stephanie holds graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction and adult education and training. The last 7 years have been spent working in instructional design, curriculum development, and adult education. She has taught first year experience and college success courses for university and community college online learners for 8 years. Stephanie is an Arizona native.
Kirrin R. Coleman
Tawnya L. Beermann
Tawnya is a co-author of Life During Community College. She earned her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology & Counseling from the University of South Dakota. She was an ASPIRE Region TRIO Achiever Award recipient in 2003. She has nearly two decades of leadership experience in the Student Services arena. She is the Associate Dean of Students & Completion Services at Western Iowa Tech Community College.
Jamie M. Richards
Jamie is a contributing author of Camouflage to Campus. He 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.