Michigan Veteran Education Initiative Seeking New College Partners

Program provides outreach and transition services to Michigan veterans

April 20 - LANSING, Mich.− The Michigan Veteran Education Initiative (MVEI) is accepting applications for two new partner institutions to provide outreach and transition services to veterans during their transition from military to college life.

The program offers public colleges and universities the opportunity to host veteran resource representatives in their campuses, who connect veterans to appropriate institutional, local, state and federal resources. More than 13,500 student veterans and their dependents utilized GI Bill and other federal education benefits in 2015 in Michigan.

The VEI program was launched in 2014 as a partnership with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the Michigan College Access Network to benefit student veterans and service members attending institutions of higher education. These students tend to be older and are more likely to be first-generation students and students of color than students who didn’t serve in the military. Currently, 12 veteran resource representatives serve at 15 college campuses around the state.

“From the battlefield to the classroom is a big jump. We encourage institutions to apply for this partnership in order to help student veterans achieve success on college campuses,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Our veterans have given so much to their country, and it is a small token of our appreciation to dedicate resources to ensuring they have a successful transition from military to civilian life.”

Once the campus partnerships are awarded, veteran resource representatives will be assigned to campuses depending on the veteran population and needs of the campus.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 27, 2016. To  apply, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/mvei.


About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased -- from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.  

About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
MVAA serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

Media Contact: Lisa King
Email: Lisa(a)micollegeaccess.org
Office: 517-316-1713
Cell: 313-451-1387

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