America must never take for granted the sacrifices of the men and women who have fought and continue to fight against threats to our way of life. Thus, S.E.E.4Vets is steadfast in supporting and honoring these brave men and women with programs to help them as they transition to civilian work and academic life.
S.E.E.4VETS objective is simple; make a difference in the lives of student veterans enrolled in community colleges. We strive to minimize academic and non-academic barriers through bridge-funding solutions.
A significant percentage of veterans test into developmental courses such as math and English, since these courses are not part of a typical degree program, the GI Bill does not pay for them. Thus, S.E.E.4VETS Grants funds to support community colleges that offer veteran-centric tutoring programs. Further, veterans face a range of non-academic barriers such as limited finances. Community colleges that choose to institute programs to address such barriers, usually receive funds from our organization, after applying for funds.
In all, S.E.E.4VETS puts forth bridge building initiatives to enable veterans to advance and persist in college:
- Establish, improve or expand Veteran Service Centers at community college campuses, which allow veteran students to work on assignments, attend study groups, and socialize with others who share the same life experiences in these centers.
- Provide student veterans academic success programs designed to improve their academic standing such as veteran-centric tutoring programs.
- Offer “access-funds” programs to student veterans in need, to offset part of their financial burden while attending community college.
- Encourage first-generation, low-income veterans to enroll and complete a Veterans Upward Bound project, then enroll in their local community college.
With thousands of veterans returning from service in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, they are looking to start new careers in a dynamic and growing economy. Now is the time businesses should concentrate more than ever on supporting veteran’s transition into civilian careers by offering them not just a job, but professional development and opportunities for long-term income growth.
Private sector companies, largely do not just hire someone who is qualified, they look for someone who is a good fit within their company culture, who can contribute and when called upon, go beyond standard job requirements. Veterans come to employers with – leadership ability, teamwork mentality, a sense of pride in accomplishment and the understanding hard work.
S.E.E.4VETS is collaborating with private sector employers, who demonstrate a veteran-centric approach to hiring and developing them. A work-in-progress and our far-reaching initiative is to:
- Engage local employers to offer student veterans a better understanding of the business culture and operations thru programs such as Vets -Helping- Vets pre-employment program.