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Posted November 11, 2015 by

Three tips for military service members enrolling in higher education

Three tips for military service members enrolling in higher education

Tracey Thomas, making a difference in military service members' lives  at UACCB since 2003

Tracey Thomas, making a difference in military service members’ lives at UACCB since 2003

Understanding VA Educational Benefits

Military service members are often on “information overload” after exiting the military, so they may bypass or misunderstand information given to them. The best thing veterans can do after discharge is talk to a School Certifying Official about the process of accessing VA (Veterans Affairs) Education Benefits. Understanding how to access their benefits, the rules and regulations required for maintaining their benefits and how their benefits payout will help eliminate any misunderstandings and stress. This also allows service members to make informed decisions when presented with options and when deciding how best to juggle school, family, employment, and finances. Active, Reserve, and National Guard members face these same challenges plus a few more because they may qualify for tuition assistance and/or a state funded benefit, so learning the regulations and processes of multiple VA Education Benefits can be especially overwhelming. Navigating this process is not something students should attempt alone.

Don’t rush the process

Trying to jump into school a few weeks after discharge may cause unnecessary stress. It takes time for the Department of Veteran Affairs to process a new application, as well as other types of financial aid, so this will cause a delay in receiving financial assistance. Sometimes it’s better to delay enrollment for one semester, allowing service members adequate time to submit all required documents for college admissions offices; this also ensures all available financial aid is in place when enrolling. This prevents undue stress and frustrations, so service members and veterans can fully concentrate on successfully completing their classes.

Overload of courses

Since VA Education Benefits are limited (36-48 months), some service members try to take an overload of courses to complete their programs quickly. About a month into the semester, service members realize they took on too much when trying to juggle employment, family, and school. If classes are dropped, this may lead to overpayments of financial aid and/or their VA Education Benefits. Service members need to remember it is better to take an extra semester to successfully complete all courses stress-free than to fail or drop courses due to overload and possibly end up in overpayment as well.

Above all, service members should keep in touch with their local School Certifying Official(s) to receive prompt answers to questions, to avoid miscommunication regarding benefits, and to receive support and encouragement while on campus. We’re here to help.

 

Tracey Thomas, Assistant Registrar/School Certifying Official at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) since 2003, provides daily assistance to service members and their families in accessing their VA Education Benefits, informing them of VA requirements, certifying enrollment to the VA, providing academic advising, tracking attendance and progress, and offering a listening ear when they become frustrated or want to share their stories of success and accomplishment. Tracey also serves as a mentor for the School Certifying Officials in Arkansas. She says the best part of her job is helping service members and their families. “I feel we owe them for their sacrifices, so it’s important for me to give a little back.”

 

Posted March 09, 2015 by

Soldier for Life: Connecting Employers to Veterans

On December 8, 2014, human resource leaders from federal, state, and local government agencies came together at the offices of the U.S. General Services Administration for a day of intense learning about how your agency can more efficiently and effectively recruit recent college grads and students.

The College Recruiting Bootcamp event was organized by College Recruiter, the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates searching for entry-level jobs and students hunting for internships.

In this video, Colonel Adam Rocke, Director of the Soldier for Life Program for the U.S. Army, delivers his presentation on, “Soldier for Life: Connecting Employers to Veterans.” To download the PowerPoint for the presentation, click here.

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Posted March 09, 2015 by

The Intersection Between Military and College Recruiting

On December 8, 2014, human resource leaders from federal, state, and local government agencies came together at the offices of the U.S. General Services Administration for a day of intense learning about how your agency can more efficiently and effectively recruit recent college grads and students.

The College Recruiting Bootcamp event was organized by College Recruiter, the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates searching for entry-level jobs and students hunting for internships.

In this video, Curt Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Department of Veterans Affairs, delivers his presentation on, “The Intersection Between Military and College Recruiting: Why Government Agencies Should Hire Military Veterans Who Are Attending or Recently Graduated From College or University.”

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Posted December 10, 2014 by

Vets Can Make a Difference in Your Recruiting

Soldier salutes on white background

Soldier salutes on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Did you know that 99% of the companies that have hired military veterans want to hire more?

There are many good reasons for hiring vets:

  • Vets are typically better educated than their civilian counterparts
  • Vets are eligible for free relocation
  • Vets represent an elite subset of the market (only 24% of 18-24 years olds can join)
  • Vets are trained to be goal-directed and detail-oriented

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Posted November 15, 2014 by

Why and How Government Agencies Should Hire College Educated, Military Veterans

Colonel Adam Rocke

Colonel Adam Rocke

At niche job board College Recruiter, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of military veterans being hired by federal, state, and local government agencies.

There are some legal reasons for that, including Executive Order 13518, but a significant number of agencies have learned that hiring veterans is right thing to do for the veterans, the right thing to do for our country, and also the right thing to do for their agencies as veterans — including those with a college education — make for some of the most productive employees. (more…)

Posted November 09, 2014 by

One day conference for govt HR leaders: learn how to better recruit recent college grads, students

Jamara Cheek

Jamara Cheek

What are you doing on Monday, December 8th? No plans yet? Good.

Join your fellow government human resource specialist and other leaders from dozens of agencies at the GSA office across from the L’Enfant Plaza in D.C. as they learn how to save time, make their budgets go further, and recruit the most sought after college grads and students.

From 10am to 3:30pm (with a break for lunch) you’ll be immersed in eight presentations of 20 minutes each. No time for fluff. No time for stupid jokes. The eight, outstanding presenters will each be razor focused and so will you. How do I know that? Because this will be our 8th College Recruiting Bootcamp. (more…)

Posted February 19, 2013 by

Vote for CollegeRecruiter.com in About.com Reader’s Choice Awards

I’m proud to announce that CollegeRecruiter.com has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 About.com Reader’s Choice About.com Reader's Choice Finalist AwardAwards.  CollegeRecruiter.com has made it onto the final ballot for the best job site for students.  Between February 19 and March 19, readers can vote for their favorite job and career sites and blogs and the winners will be announced by About.com guide, Alison Doyle, on March 27th.

The About.com Reader’s Choice Awards showcase the best job and career websites and apps for job seekers and career changers. CollegeRecruiter.com is the only career site to have won the prestigious WEDDLE’s Award for Best Job Boards six years in a row and I’d love to add the About.com award to that list. These awards help us serve even more job seekers than the millions we do each year as the provide a sense of comfort to those who may not be familiar with us. Job seekers like any other user of any other site want to use reputable sites and these awards help them determine which niche job boards are reputable. (more…)

Posted April 16, 2012 by

Why Hiring a Veteran is Good for Your Organization as Well as the Country

Army soldier carrying textbooksThere’s been a lot of media attention recently to the hundreds of thousands of bright, energetic, decisive, and honorable veterans who are transitioning out of the military and into the civilian world.

I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with a number of leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs about their work in helping these veterans and we’re even more fortunate to be partnering with the VA to help with this most important initiative. The work the VA is doing should make us all proud. Many in the public and private sectors are doing tremendous work. The leaders in both sectors understand that hiring a veteran is good for the veteran but also makes good business sense. (more…)

Posted April 09, 2012 by

The Business Case for Hiring Veterans

The recent end of the war in Iraq and drawing down of troops in Afghanistan have helped focus the attention of the public on the need to help transition our Veterans into meaningful, rewarding employment in the civilian world. Much of the coverage that I’ve seen has focused on the benefit to the Veteran but little has been made of the benefit to the employer. As important as it is to support our Veterans, the reality is that the employment of Veterans simply makes good business sense as these men and women tend to have superb skills in a wide variety of areas, including organization and leadership.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing an admirable job of helping Veterans transition into the civilian workforce and also helping the business community better understand how the hiring of these Veterans can improve their bottom line. There are a number of case studies published at its America’s Heroes At Work web site, including the following: (more…)