Incubating Math-Veteran Student Success
A Math Success Scholarship program for the veteran student population evolved in working with Maricopa Community Colleges. This program offers opportunities for veteran students to enroll in a Math structured tutor class. Because the course is not GI Bill benefit eligible, it is the veteran students’ responsibility to pay the tuition if they wish to register for this class. Implementing the Math Success Scholarship program, S.E.E.4Vets would pay the tuition with the understanding that the veteran students must academically perform at B grade or better. Community colleges in other Arizona counties are providing tutors in math and English, paid for by S.E.E.4VETS,to student veterans as a way to strength those academic skills.
Veteran Upward Bound Program
Mission. As a pre-college preparatory program, the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) mission is designed to help eligible veterans improve their academic skills before enrolling in a college, university, or technical school.
Program Eligibility. TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program services are free to veterans who meet program eligibility requirements defined by the Department of Education to participate.
Positive Impacts. TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program participants are often the neediest veterans requiring transitional support to navigate and succeed in an academic setting. These veterans also need financial support to start and stay in higher education through graduation.
Persist and Advance Programs
S.E.E.4VETS is dedicated to improve academic outcomes for students who receive services through Arizona Community Colleges. It will assist student veterans with their coursework by providing funding to colleges for dedicated tutors in the Veterans Center. The tutoring service would be one‐on‐one on a regular basis during spring and fall semesters. In addition, financial difficulties are a universal conundrum for student veterans. According to a student veterans panel discussion (Veterans Education Success, February 2018) shared how some of their colleagues are forced to drop out of college due to financial issues and that even with the GI Bill, making ends meet while in school is challenging. Funding would be available to financial support incidental education‐related costs that are not currently covered by funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veteran Student Networking Success
One program of work is veteran students connecting with employers. The goal is to provide opportunities for veteran students to engage with local employers, and for employers to develop a greater understanding of the culture, talents and skills of the student veterans. We want to encourage employers to network with students, share information about their industries and potential employment opportunities, including internships and mentoring at their place of business.
Thanks to generous donors and committed players, S.E.E.4VETS is on a successful path with its Annual Golf tournaments, both west and east valley. Every year we improve these tournaments at the TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course and The Wigwam Golf Course. More importantly, proceeds from these wonderful events fund S.E.E.4VETS Student Veterans Success programs at Arizona Community Colleges.
- The Wigwam golf tournament will be held Friday, November 16, 2018.
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Previous year financial data and information appears on the website as a sub-heading, 2017 Performance. To date, the organization leadership is working on soliciting corporate sponsors and scheduling fundraising events throughout the State of Arizona.
Return on Investment
An important element for success will be careful analysis of the effectiveness of its initiatives, oversight and metrics to determine the impact on student veteran academic program completion, and effects on quality of campus life. In addition, S.E.E.4VETS is financially supporting structured tutoring-type programs, performance-based scholarships, and supporting the improvement/expansion of veteran services centers across Arizona Community Colleges. Six months 2018 performance is noted in the information below.
Pima Community College, Tucson.Disbursed $5000 to support the ongoing math and English tutoring program for student veterans. Approximately 57 student veterans have taken advantage of the program to date, which is offered at the downtown campus in the veteran services center.
Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale. Disbursed $5000 to support the newly established Veterans Increasing Persistence Program (VIIP). It is for any veteran student who needs immediate financial support. Funds are available to address financial situations that could cause a student veteran to consider dropping out of EMCC for a semester or entirely.
Yavapai Community College, Prescott. Disbursed $3,750 to Veterans Upward Bound Program. TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program participants are often the neediest veterans requiring transitional support to navigate and succeed in an academic setting. These veterans also need financial support to start and stay in higher education through graduation. The S.E.E.4VETS scholarships provide an incentive for participants to complete the VUB program insuring they are better prepared for college. Armed with an incentive to complete the VUB program, veterans will be more motivated to enroll at YC. A $500 scholarship is enough to cover up to six credit hours at YC, which are generally two courses. Approximately 15 veterans have been awarded scholarships to date.
Central Arizona College, Signal Peak Campus, Coolidge. Disbursed $3,960 to honor the $13,960 pledge. Funds would go to repurposing space, and completely furnishing a new veteran services center. A Veteran Services Center offers a “safe zone” and “true learning” environment. This environment is more suited for veterans, especially for combat veterans, than the general student population.
Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV. Disbursed $5,000 to Veterans Upward Bound Program. TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program participants are often the neediest veterans requiring transitional support to navigate and succeed in an academic setting. These veterans also need financial support to start and stay in higher education through graduation. The S.E.E.4VETS scholarships provide an incentive for participants to complete the VUB program insuring they are better prepared for college.