2014 Performance

One program of work was student veteran summits. The goal was to provide opportunities for student veterans to engage with local employers, and for employers to develop a greater understanding of the veteran culture, talents and skills of the student veterans. We want to encourage employers to network with students, share information about their industries and potential openings in their companies, provide mentoring and internships.

An important element for success was careful analysis of the effectiveness of its initiatives, oversight and the metrics to determine the impact on student veteran academic program completion, and effects on quality of campus life. Following is a partial listing of the successes.

  • Scottsdale Community College (SCC). In collaboration with the college and Scottsdale Chamber, S.E.E.4Vets held a noteworthy Student Veteran Summit. It provided opportunities for student veterans to engage with local employers and for employers to develop a greater understanding of veteran culture. On April 4, the attendees totaled 45, including 18 student veterans. They mingled and had discussions with 10-12 employers that participated in the summit. Good job SCC team. See student veterans’photo.
  • Mesa Community College (MCC). In collaboration with the college and Mesa chamber, S.E.E.4Vets struck another cord of success with the MCC Student Veteran Summit. It provided opportunities for student veterans to engage with local employers and for employers to develop a greater understanding of veteran culture. On April 18, the attendees totaled 70, including 27 student veterans. They mingled and had discussions with 20-22 employers that participated in the summit. Positive outcomes include the possibilities of internship and employment consideration. Good job MCC team. See student veterans’photo.
  • Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). In cooperation with the college and North Phoenix Chamber, S.E.E.4Vets launched another summit for student veterans. It provided opportunities for student veterans to engage with local employers and for employers to develop a greater understanding of veteran culture thru networking. On October 3, the 25-30 student veterans, mingled and had discussions with 50-52 employers/mentors that participated in the summit. Job well done PVCC team. See student veterans’photo.
  • Phoenix Community College (PCC). Another successful summit provided opportunities for student veterans to engage with local employers and for employers to develop a greater understanding of veteran culture thru networking. On November 6, an estimated 30-40 student veterans mingled and interacted with 12-15 employers that participated in the summit. A panel offered pointers on networking and the audience participated in the discussion. Good job PCC team. See student veterans’photo.
  • Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). In collaboration with the college, Buckeye Chamber and Southwest Chamber, S.E.E.4Vets held yet another successful summit, which provided opportunities for student veterans to engage with local employers and for employers to develop a greater understanding of veteran culture thru networking. On November 7, an estimated 40 student sat with and interacted with 15-18 employers that participated in the summit. A panel offered sage commentary re succeeding and never quitting. A company president/CEO offered a student veteran job interview at the company. Job well done EMCC team. See student veterans’photo.
  • Phoenix College. A Veteran Service Center is a critical convergent place for veterans. A center makes the transition adjustment comfortable and respectful for student veterans, and facilitates their move from a tight-knit military community to a strong social support system. S.E.E.4Vets was part of the team, led by Carl Schneider, USAF Maj. Gen, (Ret.) and Strategic Advisor to S.E.E.4Vets, to establish the center. See dedication ceremony photo.

S.E.E.4Vets held two successful Inaugural golf tournaments in September and October 2014. Sponsors supported and participated in the tournaments. In addition, individuals donated, and golfers were generous in buying raffle and other types of tickets.

Team leaders Rusty Findley, Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.) for the Wigwam and Jim Symonds, Rear Admiral, USN, (Ret.) for McDowell Mtn. golf courses and others, kept tight-control on expenses to maximize the amount of money designated to the S.E.E.4Vets Student Veteran Fund at Maricopa County Community College Foundation.

Golfers had a good experience and fine people such as George Bliss, Managing Director, KW Commercial, said thank you for the opportunity to join your terrific tournament today. As a veteran myself, I deeply appreciate the good work of S.E.E.4Vets in assisting those who have been placed in harms’ way in so many circumstances on behalf of our nation. We will be back!

Financial

S.E.E.4Vets incorporated in October 2013 and received its 501-c(3) public charity designation in September 2014. The organization achieved remarkable results in its first year of operations and planned for start-up expenses, accounting, legal, insurance and website development services. Form 990-N was filed with the IRS in March 2015.

The 2014 fundraising activity enabled our public charity to issue several grants. Arizona Western College (AWC) was the beneficiary of a $5,000 Grant to be used for the AWC Military Legacy Scholarship program and the S.E.E.4Vets Gold Heart Fund which financially support student veterans enrolled at AWC. Gateway Community College (GWCC) was the recipient of another significant Grant, $12,000, for the S.E.E.4Vets pilot program, Veterans Student Success, which provides for on-demand tutoring, on-line orientation, and scholarship programs with the goal of achieving early student success in Math and English.

In short, the organization leadership worked cost-effectively to encourage corporate sponsors and held successful fundraising events throughout the State of Arizona.