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Working with Veteran College Students with Disabilities. New England AHEAD University of Massachusetts – Boston November 10, 2009 Jorja Waybrant Assistant Director of Advising Coordinator of Disability Services – Dickinson College PA CARES - Educational Subcommittee.

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working with veteran college students with disabilities

Working with Veteran College Students with Disabilities

New England AHEAD

University of Massachusetts – Boston

November 10, 2009

Jorja Waybrant

Assistant Director of Advising

Coordinator of Disability Services – Dickinson College

PA CARES - Educational Subcommittee

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Pennsylvania Americans showingCompassion, Assistance, and Reaching out with Empathy for Service memberswww.pacares.org

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Compassion, Assistance, and Reaching out with Empathy for Service members

www.pacares.org

  • Collaborative network
  • Voluntary Task Force - Federal, state, local agencies
    • Educational subcommittee
    • TBI Subcommittee
    • Outreach committee
introduction
Introduction
  • Variances you need to consider in serving SVWD:
    • Student veterans
    • Postsecondary education
    • Campus services
  • Collaborative networks that help in serving SVWD:
    • On-campus
    • Off-campus
student veterans
Student Veterans
  • Variances in their demographic classifications by:
    • Gender
    • Marital status
    • Dependent status
    • Employment status
    • Status as a student
    • Military status
    • Service affiliation
    • Stateside/war zone
  • Other demographics to consider for areas of support
    • YRP
    • Loved ones
    • Type of program
    • Type of postsecondary institution
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Demographic classifications on student veterans (taken from PA CARES Phase III - student veteran survey [35])

Male/ Female

Single (never married)

Married/partnered

Separated/Divorced

With dependents

Without dependents (#)

Active

Inactive

Retired

Disabled

Reserves

Army

Navy

Coast Guard

Marines

Air Force

National Guard

Employed full-time

Employed part-time

Not employed

Full-time student

Part-time student

Living on-campus

Living off-campus

Living with parents

A parent, living with family

Served OEF/IEF

Served stateside

Other demographics

  • Military dependents YRP
  • Loved ones

Type of program

Type of postsecondary inst.

postsecondary education
Postsecondary Education
  • Will vary according to:
    • Type of program
    • Size of student population
    • Delivery of programs and services
    • Financial aid packages offered
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Demographic classifications on postsecondary educational institutions (taken from PA CARES Phase I & II surveys)
  • Two year program
  • Four year program
  • Public/ Private
  • Accredited college/university of higher education
  • Trade/Vocational/Technical program
  • Military program, college, university
  • Graduate program
  • Online only program
  • Distance learning program
  • Evening program
  • Small student population
    • Less than 2,500
  • Medium student population
    • 2,500-5,000
  • Large student population
    • 5,000 – 10,000
  • Very large student population
    • More than 10,000
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Demographic classifications on postsecondary educational institutions (taken from PA CARES Phase I & II surveys)
  • Who is the VA Certifying Official on campus?
  • How are services on campus provided?
  • Where are services located on campus?
  • Yellow Ribbon Program – amount offered
  • Other financial aid
  • Self-pay
  • Do you have a VA rep on campus?
  • Do you have a DS provider on campus?
  • Do you offer support services?
    • Learning Center
    • Writing Center
    • Learning Specialist
    • Peer tutoring
    • Counseling Services
    • Health Services**
services
Services
  • Variances in services
    • Based on needs
    • Based on institution/program
services con t large student veteran population
Services (con’t)(Large student veteran population)
  • Veterans representative
  • One-stop veterans assistant
  • Veterans benefits counselor
  • Veterans organization
  • Veterans student listserv
  • Veterans lounge
  • Veteran-to-veteran mentors
  • Veterans services during non-traditional times
  • Veterans events (picnics, etc.)
  • Graduation awards - stole, sash, patch, pin for graduation
  • Veterans job assistance (campus employment, internships, employment)
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer tutors
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer counselors
  • Veteran only courses
    • Transitional courses
    • Programs/courses designed to benefit veterans
  • Veteran-related information
    • Campus website
    • Brochures about campus services
    • Brochures about DS
services con t small student veteran population
Services (con’t)(Small student veteran population)
  • One-on-one hands on service
  • Veteran-to-veteran mentors
  • Veteran-related information
    • Campus website
    • Brochures about campus services
    • Brochures about DS
  • Veteran services during non-traditional hours
  • Graduation awards – stole, sash, patch, pin for veterans and another one for Yellow Ribbon Program recipients
  • Military Services campus group
    • Admissions rep***
    • VA certifying official on campus
    • DS rep
    • Student Veteran
    • Yellow Ribbon Program recipient
    • Veteran rep (admin, staff, or faculty)
    • Veteran rep (alumni, parent)
    • Veteran rep (community)

***reports back to DS Advisory Council

  • Disseminates information campus wide through the Advisory Council
services con t
Services (con’t)
  • Also consider
    • Role of DS provider on campus
    • What a successful model looks like
  • Two helpful forms
    • Goal Setting
    • Veteran to Veteran Mentoring
collaborative networks
Collaborative Networks
  • On-campus
      • Disability Services
      • Student Life/Affairs
      • Veteran representatives
      • Faculty
      • Admissions
      • Financial Aid
      • Advising Office
      • Counseling Center
      • Health Center
      • Career Center
  • Off-campus
    • Other campuses
    • Federal, state, and local community agencies
      • PA CARES
      • www.pacares.org
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“Having Education as an outlet when you come home from a combat zone is one of the most grounding and focusing avenues a veteran has to his [/her] advantage.”

Rick Scavetta, veteran of the Army Reserves

Chronicles of Higher Education – June 6, 2007

contact information
Contact Information

Jorja Waybrant, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Advising, Coordinator of Disability Services

Dickinson College

P. O. Box 1773

Carlisle, PA 17013

Phone: 717-245-1080

Email: waybranj@dickinson.edu

j_waybrant@yahoo.com