Monthly Archives: November 2014

Succeeding on a New Front

Succeeding on a New Front – Going back to college is yet another brave act for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans who are finding challenges unique to them on college campuses.
September 2014 Edition

Career College Central Magazine, September 2014

Our service members are the true 1 percent who have raised their right hand to protect us. We have an obligation to protect them as well.

Summer has come and gone, and many highly motivated veterans are looking to
spend their earned veteran education benefits, and with good reason. The unemployment statistics for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans show that
education provides significant advantages. Officers with college degrees show a
lower unemployment rate than most enlisted personnel, whose unemployment rate is in the double digits. If education increases the odds of employment, then going back to college becomes the logical choice. However, many variables can
complicate the student-veteran’s enrollment and assimilation into higher
education. For example, student veterans are arriving at university and college
campuses where counselors may not be adequately prepared for them. Even with so many veterans ready and willing to spend their education money, some schools are not yet ready to support these veterans’ educational needs. This is a shame, as there is a huge benefit to enrolling veterans, who often come academically prepared and have high educational goals – a winning combination for institutions of higher education.

Student veterans are arriving at university and college campuses where counselors may not be adequately prepared for them.

For many veterans, social class plays a large role in their interest in enrolling in
college. A 2007 Associated Press report showed that the majority of veterans
killed in Iraq came from towns having a per capita income well below the
national average, and more than half came from towns where the percentage of
people living in poverty topped the national average. This points to a lower
socioeconomic status in general for men and women entering the military. And a
major key to rising from a lower socioeconomic class is higher education.


Which higher education programs have the greatest employment opportunities for veterans and their families? My research has identified the health service
industry as a top employer, second only to the federal government. From 2004 to 2014, three agencies – the Department of Defense (DOD) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – accounted for about 94 percent of hiring increases. The DOD
reported that military-to-civilian transitions have greatly contributed to this
overall increase. In keeping with these facts, many veterans are currently enrolling in education programs designed to staff these particular industries.
I recently decided to research institutions possessing qualities especially suited to the student-veteran. I chose to search for regionally accredited colleges that boast lower tuition, have both on-campus and online degree programs, offer personalized instruction, are military-friendly, and provide access to student internships or co-ops (which can turn the educational experience
into a great-paying job). Thanks to the unlimited power of the Internet, I
quickly found several institutions that fit this description, including Daniel
Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire; Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky; and National University in Bakersfield, California. I’ll close with a heads up to America’s 4,599 Title IV degree granting institutions.
The veterans and their families are coming, armed with the sheer power of
curiosity and the information-gathering muscle of the Internet, and when they
ask a question, they probably already know the answer. Veterans understand that
the best strategy to ensure that their higher education results in a good career is to self-advocate. Veterans come military-educated, leadership-ready, mature and eager to learn – and they will succeed.

Suggestions for institutions:

• Familiarize yourself with VA education benefit programs and become a real help to student veterans.

• Don’t spend huge marketing dollars; instead, use this money to reduce tuition costs.

• Don’t enroll or sell your seats; simply provide counsel.

• Try to provide student-veterans with what they are looking for. If you
don’t have it, direct them to one of the other 4,598 Title IV degree-granting
institutions in the United States that may.

• Take the time to learn what drives a student’s passion. This will improve retention and graduation rates.

• Place quality of education before revenue and profit.

Our service members are the true 1 percent who have raised their right hand to protect us. We have an obligation to protect them as well.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2014

Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ by Dr. Pietro Savo

Read, write, and question everything!Our voices are powerful and true!

Dr. Pietro Savo E-Mail Link blog@americanwriter.us

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On Veterans Day 2014 It Comes Down to Role Models

Dr. Pietro Savo Blog
My father-in-law, an 90-year-old WWII Veteran has his own outlook in life that we could all study and learn from. He loves attending my 12-year olds son Dante’s flag football games. This past Saturday’s game was a blowout, and Dante’s team won 32 to 6; Grand Dad could not be more proud, cheering Dante on from the coaches’ box the entire game, analyzing the plays when they ended well, and especially analyzing the plays when they did not end as planned. That day the team had three coaches pacing back and forth…

The teams coaches all come over to greet Grand Dad wearing his USS Massachusetts’ Battleship Navy blue hat. He said to one of the coaches that the kids learn a great deal from you, the coach responded I learn just as much from them. My father-in-law has always been a positive role model, promoting family, honor, country over oneself. He said to me when the coach walked away, that he is an astute fellow. He is right; the role model quality of life comes in many forms; we learn from teaching, coaching, and all mentoring initiatives. The learning that returns from the child provides much more encouragement to the adult; perhaps sometimes we take this understanding for granted.

Our humanity is a perpetual learning phenomenon… What we learn we live by, and we share experiences from womb-to-the-tomb. These shared experiences keep all of us consistently anchored in our precious and delicate humanity. Dr. Pietro Savo

Gran Dad & Kids

My father-in-law was on the shakedown cruise for the USS Massachusetts in 1942; to this day, he still knows every inch of that mighty battleship. After the flag football game, we celebrated at McDonalds. This old war veteran receives a great deal of joy from watching his grandson, and with a handful of tag along friends treated for the victory, with chicken nuggets, hamburgers, fries and cokes. Along with the many priceless conversations between the 12-year olds and an 90-year old war hero that ensued.

Undoubtedly, it comes down to role models, we learn, we live, and we are much better off because of role models!

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2014

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Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ by Dr. Pietro Savo

Read, write, and question everything!Our voices are powerful and true!

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Veteran’s Day, we salute our hero’s with respect and devotion. Celebrate freedom, and say thank you to the men and women of our military.

H.F. Gorman 1922 to 2014 USCG