Delaware Tech hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its new Veterans Resource Center on its Charles L. Terry Campus in Dover. The center, which was funded by a $22,000 donation from the Navient Foundation, will host guest speakers and student veteran programs such as financial education, career workshops and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) seminars. It also will provide a meeting space for veteran students to study, relax and engage with fellow veterans, and for the Veterans Inspiring Progress (VIP) student organization that offers support and networking for the campus veteran community.
“This center is another example of our ongoing efforts to provide support for veterans at all of our campuses statewide,” said Delaware Tech President Mark T. Brainard. “The opening of this center means that we now have Veterans Resource Centers in all three counties to help our student veterans achieve their educational and career goals. We sincerely appreciate the support of the Navient Foundation in making this project a reality.”
Resources and services offered to veterans at Delaware Tech include:
A director of military and veteran affairs who coordinates college initiatives statewide
Academic counselors dedicated to provide assistance through the application and enrollment process
Help with VA and tuition assistance benefits
Priority of services including course registration and placement in competitive programs
A Veteran’s Inspiring Progress (VIP) program that connects student veterans with resources to help them succeed and offers support and camaraderie
Significant Veterans Day events at each campus location
Partnerships with military and veteran organizations throughout the state
Navient, headquartered in Delaware, supports U.S. military members and veterans through ongoing hiring efforts, an employee-led Veterans Resource Group, and customer service.
“We are committed to see that our men and women in uniform receive all the support they deserve,” said Jack Remondi, president and CEO, Navient. “We are grateful to Delaware Tech for inviting the Navient Foundation to help make this dedicated space for student veterans a reality. It is our hope that it will allow a generation of post-9/11 veterans to forge new connections that will carry forward throughout their lives.”
As the nation’s largest student loan servicer, Navient has support and resources available to service members with student loans and proactively sends information twice a year to military customers about their benefits. Navient hosts a military financial education online course and navient.com/military, a website for military members and their families. A military benefits team is specially trained to assist military customers.
Navient is a member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, a coalition of companies committed to hiring U.S. military veterans and military spouses. For the second year in a row, Navient has been recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer from the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.
Delaware Tech’s commitment to veterans, military service members and their families and has earned the College national recognition. For the third year in a row, Delaware Tech has been recognized as a Military Friendly® School. This designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The College also received the 2016 Delaware Warrior Friendly Business Award, which is presented to a Delaware business that supports service members, veterans and their families through workplace initiatives such as employment, networking and support.
Sign up for you free digital subscription of The Weekly Review, delivered directly to your email every Tuesday morning. A quick cover-to-cover read to catch up on the news of the week and experience great stories about our local communities. Sign up for your free email subscription below.