Mercy College Leads Discussion on Veterans in Higher Education

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Variety of Topics Including Military Friendly Colleges, the GI Bill, Connecting Veterans to Employers and More Discussed

Mercy College recently hosted a roundtable discussion on education and employment for veterans at its Yorktown campus.

Topics addressed at the roundtable included making the transition from military service to the classroom and to the work place, dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military friendly colleges, the GI Bill and connecting veterans to employers.

Among those joining the roundtable were: Andy Person, director of institutional effectiveness and veterans affairs at Mercy College; John Moulton, associate director of veterans affairs at Mercy College; Paul Aparicio, Assistant Director of Recruitment & Veteran Affairs; Congressman John Hall (NY-19); Michael Sperling, Mercy College provost and vice president for academic affairs; William Susman, Mercy College interim dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences; Michele Riley, Mercy College RIMI grant coordinator; Donovan Beckford, Workforce Investment Board of Westchester/Putnam counties; Jamsel Reyes ’10, Mercy College student veteran; Matthew Miraglia, Mercy College associate professor; Donna Renella, a human resources professional working with veterans; and Joshua Van Strander, veterans service assistant who works in Rep. Hall’s office as part of the House of Representative’s Wounded Warrior Program and is a U. S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Intent upon improving the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, Congressman Hall listened to ideas from around the table that included suggestions for a variety of enhanced services for veterans. They range from providing improved communications about benefits and services available to them, how colleges and universities can partner with the Veteran’s Administration, and with each other, to better serve veterans with academic support services, mental health, social and employment support services, to services to the community at large to bring a broader understanding of the issues veterans face as they transition to a productive life at home. The Congressman will bring these suggestions to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

About the Mercy College Veterans Program
At Mercy College, active military and veterans have a number of advantages, such as professional mentors, flexible study options, and an affordable, high-quality private education. Advisors work closely with military students to ensure that they receive optimal GI Bill educational benefits as well. Additionally, the College’s innovative PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program aligns students with professional mentors to ensure a smooth transition between military and student life.

Mercy College has been named a Military Friendly College for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This designation ranks the College in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for military students. The College has been designated as an official “Yellow-Ribbon” school by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.

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