The 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success are steps that postsecondary institutions can take to assist Veterans and Service members in transitioning to higher education, completing their college programs, and obtaining career-ready skills. They include:
1.) Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
2.) Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
3.) Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
4.) Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
5.) Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
6.) Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
7.) Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
8.) Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.
“Kaskaskia College is proud to identify itself as a supporter of the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success to support our veterans as they seek to enrich their lives through educational opportunities,” said KC President Dr. Penny Quinn. “KC’s rich history of supporting military personnel is exemplified by this affiliation with the US Department of Education’s Military Affairs Team. Also, KC funds the state military mandate to ensure our veterans receive full services and support as they complete their KC experience.”
Kaskaskia College has also recently received the Military Friendly® Schools designation from Victory Media for the 5th straight year. This honor is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
Kaskaskia College has over 80 Veterans/Active Military students that are using educational benefits. Many of these students are also part of the KC Veteran’s Club, designated a chapter of the Student Veterans of America.
For more information on Veterans’ Services at KC, please contact Carrie Hancock, Coordinator of Veterans’ Services at 618-545-3075 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success, visit http://www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-families/8-keys-success-sites.