Supporting Those Who Serve Our Veterans

Posted November 12, 2012

Supporting Those Who Serve Our Veterans

When veterans make their way to college campuses, Operating College Promise (OCP) – a partner in the Got Your 6 Education Pillar ― makes sure campuses are ready and equipped to provide them with adequate services. In coordination with the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the Pat Tillman Foundation, OCP plans to continue its efforts to implement and enhance resources, programs, and policies to support student veteran populations on college campuses nationwide.

To date, OCP has trained representatives from over 300 institutions and 25 states through our innovative training module, the Certificate for Veterans’ Service Providers (CVSP) program. The CVSP training curriculum is the first of its kind in the nation and a signature component of Operation College Promise’s programming. This training is intended to prepare veteran service providers with the essential tools and knowledge to assist veterans in their transition to civilian life and into higher education. The 2-1/2 day course brings together service providers and a myriad of agencies, educators, and members of the military community. The curriculum was developed following national research and modified according to suggestions and input by participants of the previous OCP programming. There are seven modules offered, including Military 101; Cracking the Code of Military Credit Transfer; Veterans Emerging as Community Leaders; and, Promising Practices in Veteran Support Services. Programming concludes with team exercises and a visit to a local military installation.

To further supplement our training initiative, OCP has recently partnered with Kognito Interactive, to offer an abbreviated online training component; another useful instrument to enhance military culture awareness on campus. The virtual seminars are geared towards the needs of faculty, and are available to use at the faculty members’ own pace and discretion. Kognito offers the participant the opportunity to experience virtual scenarios that unfold in the classroom, helping to better equip them in handling real-time situations, should they arise.

OCP is confident that training university faculty and staff makes a positive difference in the experiences of veterans and military members on campus. We are proud to support the Got Your 6 Education Pillar and pledge to create resourceful, supportive college campuses throughout the nation by 2014. Our next training program will run from November 28-30, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas. We encourage your university to attend!

For information on OCP and its programming, please visit our website.