Grand Valley President Philomena V. Mantella announced the creation of the Veterans Advance: Progressive Work-Based Learning program to ensure students who are veterans are recognized for the experience they bring.
The program is designed to acknowledge the strong transferable skills veterans have from their service that can be used to advance their civilian career while pursuing a degree at GVSU. Michigan-based food solutions company SpartanNash, a longtime supporter of veterans and military families as well as a food distributor for the U.S. Military, is GVSU’s launch partner for the initial pilot program.
The announcement of Veterans Advance came at the university’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast held November 11 on GVSU’s Allendale Campus. Mantella said Grand Valley is aware veterans often delay college to serve their country.
“Veterans can suffer unintended negative consequences, and college admission is often more difficult for veterans simply due to their distance from high school,” Mantella said. “GVSU was the first in the nation to launch the Veteran’s Promise aimed at supporting those with an intention to start college after or during service. This year, Grand Valley is addressing the negative impacts of delayed career starts due to veterans’ commitment to serve.”