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VET Meets Living Needs of Veteran Students

Posted March 26, 2012 | Trenton Chavez

Angela Miller, a Kent State veteran student, appreciates the efforts of the university's Center for Adult and Veteran Services in making veterans feel welcome on campus.

Kent State University’s Center for Adult and Veteran Services is creating a living-learning community called Valor through Education and Training (VET), which opens in fall 2012.

The living-learning community, specifically modeled for veterans attending the Kent Campus, will be housed in McDowell Hall, a section of Twin Towers. Valor through Education and Training will house 16 veteran students.

“The program will assist veterans with the transition into civilian life, engage interaction with traditional students and help with their overall college experience,” says Joshua Rider, assistant director of the Center for Adult and Veteran Services and VA certifying official.

Rider says specific activities and programming, along with community resources built for veterans, make Valor through Education and Training stand out from nonliving-learning communities.

“The immersion into the college environment will be easier with the community,” Rider says. “It will help veteran students interact with traditional students.”

A residence assistant will be present in Valor through Education and Training to provide smooth integration, programming, security and community.

Applications are now open to live in Valor through Education and Training. Veterans interested in applying for the Valor through Education and Training living-learning community need to visit the Residence Services website at www.kent.edu/housing by July.

The living-learning community is just another way that Kent State shows its military friendliness. Kent State University was named to G.I. Jobs 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Although Angela Miller, a veteran student at Kent State University, will not be living in the community, she values Kent State’s veteran programs.

“The Center for Adult and Veteran Services has been great at making me feel welcome,” Miller says. This is Miller’s second semester at Kent State University.

For more information about veteran programs at Kent State University, visit www.kent.edu/veterans. For more information about the Center for Adult and Veteran Services, visit www.kent.edu/cavs.