California Southern University Expands Commitment to Military

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CalSouthern Assembles Nationwide Team to Serve Unique Educational Needs of Service Men and Women

California Southern University continues to increase its commitment to meet the educational needs of the U.S. military, assembling a team of education coordinators to help military service members nationwide achieve their educational and career goals.

Each of the education coordinators comes from a military background, and is dedicated to improving the lives of as many military service members as possible by introducing them to the outstanding programs and unmatched commitment to student support offered at CalSouthern, and to educate them regarding the wide variety of educational benefits available to military personnel.

Anthony Alvarado of Orange, California, served in the Marine Corps for eight years as an artillery cannoneer before re-enlisting as a Marine Corps recruiter. Alvarado will be working with military service members throughout the West. Covering the East Coast will be Joseph Juarez of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A self-described “air force brat,” Juarez comes from a large military family and served in the U.S. Air Force himself. Rounding out the team is Eric Burgos, from Willow Springs, North Carolina. Burgos, who will work with service members stationed in the South, served eight years in the U.S. Navy before joining the National Guard in 2003. Burgos brings an invaluable perspective and specialized experience to the position, having served as an Education Services Officer (ESO) in the Guard before becoming a part of the CalSouthern team.

“As an ESO, I’ve dealt with all the schools and heard the problems that service members regularly encounter,” says Burgos. "Usually, they were frustrated at not being able to reach an advisor or instructor at the school. At CalSouthern, the personalized support all students receive is remarkable. Students can even contact deans directly. It’s a unique atmosphere and the primary reason I decided to join CalSouthern.”

Juarez agrees: “You’ll always find someone to address any issue you might have—they won’t pass you along to someone else.” He also urges service members to take advantage of their military education benefits—and he speaks from experience. “I missed out on my tuition assistance; I let my benefits expire and had to come out of pocket for school. I don’t want anyone to be in the same position and look forward to getting the word out about CalSouthern.”

Alvarado is eager to educate service members about the value of a CalSouthern degree, whether they are looking to pursue a military career or to eventually transition into the civilian sector. “Say you’re an enlisted member within the military. With a college degree, you can eventually become a commissioned officer.” He also stresses that service members who earn a degree are in an advantageous position when re-entering the civilian world. “So many of the key qualities employers look are those that the military instills in you: courage, leadership, and the ability to perform under stress. If you back that up with a degree, I believe you can establish yourself quickly in the business world.”

Founded in 1978, California Southern University is a premier, accredited online university offering online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in business, law, and psychology to an international student body, utilizing a proprietary online learning system.

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