Academic Success Program
The program offers opportunities to veteran students to participate in veteran-centric tutoring in math and English. It is the veteran students’ responsibility to pay tuition for a tutoring related-course, if they wish to register for the class. These courses are not GI Bill benefit eligible. In addition, some colleges use tutors in stead of offering specific developmental courses. In either case, S.E.E.4VETS grants funds to community colleges that provide math and English tutoring. The veteran-centric tutoring is provided on a one‐on‐one basis during spring and fall semesters.
Veteran Upward Bound Program
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. Further, VUB services are free to veterans who meet program eligibility requirements defined by the Department of Education to participate. VUB 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. Thus, S.E.E.4VETS provides bridge funding in the form of scholarships for veterans who successfully complete the VUB program.
Access Funds Programs
Financial struggles are universal conundrums for student veterans. A recent 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 college is challenging. S.E.E.4VETS issues Grants to support incidental education‐related costs programs not covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or the College.
One program of work is veteran students connecting with employers. The focus is on building student veteran rapport and to discuss the challenges and stigmas veterans face transitioning out of the military to civilian employment. The objective then is to ingrain confidence in them presenting themselves to prospective employers. The dynamics of the program, which are resume construction and interviewing pointers, would satisfy the objective.
Thanks to generous donors and committed players, S.E.E.4VETS is on a successful path with its golf tournaments, both west and east valley. Every year we improve our golf tournaments – TPC Scottsdale and The Wigwam. More importantly, proceeds from these wonderful events fund S.E.E.4VETS programs at community colleges. In 2019 we added two additional tournaments – Ancala CC and Superstition Mountain CC.
- Superstition Mountain will be held Friday, July 26, 2019.
- Wigwam will be held Friday, November 22, 2019.
- Ancala is planned for November 2019.
- See Special Events navigation tab.
Previous year financial data and information appears on the website as a sub-heading, 2018 Performance. To date, the organization leadership is working on soliciting corporate sponsors and scheduling fundraising events throughout the State of Arizona.
Return on Investment
S.E.E.4VETS works closely with the colleges on effective use of funds. Our organization carefully analyzes the effectiveness of its initiatives, its funding, and provides oversight and consultation. Together, S.E.E.4VETS and colleges, establish metrics to measure student veteran academic standing success going forward.
Montana State University, North – operates a state-wide Veterans Upward Bound project. They were awarded $800/veteran or six veterans, or $4800 in the form of scholarships in academic year 2019-2020. The “bridge funding” serves as a head start for them to enroll at a community college of their choice. In addition, the VUB project will use the additional $2500 award for the Math Tutoring Program at their Technical College.
Glendale Community College – in addition to the college offering math tutoring program to student veterans, they partnered with S.E.E.4VETS and The Vanguard Group, one of the largest providers of mutual funds, to offer a pre-employment program – Vets-Helping-Vets on April 2019. The focus is on building student veteran rapport and to discuss the challenges and stigmas veterans face transitioning out of the military to civilian employment. The objective then is to ingrain confidence in them presenting themselves to prospective employers. The dynamics of the program, which are resume construction and interviewing pointers, would satisfy the objective.
Mohave Community College (MCC) – presented a $12,814 check to MCC to help fund new Veterans Centers on three campuses – Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City. The MCC Kingman Veterans Center was created fall 2018. It was so successful that the Lake Havasu City campus and Bullhead City campus Veterans Centers were added spring 2019 with full support from S.E.E.4VETS. All of the colleges Veterans Centers are located in the campus libraries, where students have easy access to many resources including the MCC Student Success Centers and tutors.