March 15, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Showcases $100,000 ACE/Walmart Grant Project for Veterans at National Conference

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Left to right: Kelly Hermann and Linda Frank are joined by President Alan Davis at the ACE conference in Wash. DC

Left to right: Kelly Hermann and Linda Frank are joined by President Alan Davis at the ACE conference in Wash. DC

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – March 16, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College was one of 20 American Council on Education Walmart Foundation grant recipients invited to showcase their grant project during a poster session at the ACE annual conference held in Washington, D.C. on March 8.

In addition to the poster session, Linda Frank, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Education, and Kelly Hermann, director the Office of Collegewide Disability Services at Empire State College, who are co-directors of the grant project, participated in roundtable discussions to identify and report out on the project challenges and lessons learned. Frank shared information related to serving veterans in the education environment, as well as advice to organizations and educational institutions who are considering starting new programs for veterans. Mike Lang, an Iraq veteran who wrote content for the virtual resource center, joined in the poster session and roundtable discussions.

The purpose of the grant project, titled, “Transitions 101,” is to develop a virtual resource transition center that provides basic information and resources for service members and veterans transitioning out of the military. Topics for the center include education, employment, finances, relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and transition.

“We are so pleased that we were selected for this grant – SUNY Empire State College was one of only 20 schools chosen, out of 250 who applied,” said Alan R. Davis, president of Empire State College. “The virtual resource transition center is allowing the college to increase the ease with which our military students and veterans can get information to enable them to move forward with their college careers. We are grateful to ACE and the Walmart Foundation for their support of this very important segment of our student population.”

Left to right: Mike Lang, Kelly Hermann, Linda Frank and Alan Davis 
at the ACE conference in Wash. DC

Left to right: Mike Lang, Kelly Hermann, Linda Frank and Alan Davis at the ACE conference in Wash. DC

As part of the project, OVME has presented and sponsored several workshops and training sessions related to military culture, veterans education benefits, transition challenges and evaluating military training for college credit. Sessions have been presented to college personnel as well as to local colleges and organizations that serve military and veterans.

In April 2009, Empire State College was chosen as one of only 20 recipients nationwide for a $100,000 American Council on Education and Walmart Foundation Success for Veterans Award Grant. The grants, totaling $2 million, were awarded to colleges and universities that operate model programs advancing access and success in higher education for veterans and their families.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.

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