and appreciating the strengths of this population, Stockton College delivers a type of wrap-around service to its student veterans that encompass a full set of support mechanisms, from ease of enrollment to "meet and greets." Its Veteran Affairs office is staffed with full-time advisors. Additionally, there are designated personnel in admissions, enrollment and financial aid to focus specifically on veteran needs, as well as other tailored services for them, such as immediate admissions and expedited re- admissions and priority housing. "To assist student veterans in the transitioning process, our office developed something called the Veteran Support Team," Shields said. "This concept, which originated at Stockton, brings together faculty and staff, who primarily work with veterans on a regular basis to discuss and implement ideas on how we can improve the status of veterans while in college."
and mature, but with special needs," said Patrick Shields, coordinator of Stockton's Office of Veteran Affairs. Acknowledging the complexities
he veteran population is unique, in that they come in focused on their goals, and typically are very responsible
"We are always looking for ways to enhance and/or improve our services for our student-veterans."
Office of Veteran Affairs
–Patrick Shields, Coordinator,
Day celebration, a Veteran Golf Tournament, and the Veteran Job Fair, and, the Veteran Support Team is planning its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
various departments and fields, to include financial aid, academic affairs, housing and residence life, the career and wellness centers, and a host of other professional and administrative areas. Stockton also holds programs to educate and help faculty and staff gain a better understanding of veteran issues. The Office of Veteran Affairs is constantly looking for new ways to attract and retain student-veterans. Events include the Veteran's
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aimed at preparing student veterans to enter into the teaching field of elementary and secondary education. Recently, G.I. Jobs Magazine, a national publication guide for soldiers transitioning to civilian life, recognized Stockton College as a "Military Friendly School" for 2013. Out of approximately 12,000 colleges, universities, and trade schools surveyed nationwide by the publication, Stockton ranked in the top 15 percent. "Stockton is a leader in veteran- friendly education practices," said Tom O'Donnell, Assistant Dean of Students/ Veteran Affairs. Shields attributes Stockton's 90
and Transgender (LGBT) Veteran's Conference. Stockton also offers "VETeach,"
percent student-veteran retention rate and their 3.0 grade point average to having the correct supports in place. "We are always looking for ways to enhance and/or improve our services for our student veterans" said Shields.
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