Free Veterans Resources Summit For Higher Education

VETERANS News:
 
MESCALERO ― Representatives from New Mexico’s colleges and universities involved in or who would like to assist military veterans with pursuing their higher education goals are invited to attend the 2018 Veterans Resource Center Summit 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 31 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero near Ruidoso.
 
Presentations will focus on the importance of an on-campus Veterans Resource Centers (VRC), and how it can really help college or university-minded veterans successfully transition from the battle zone to the academic world.
 
This free event is open to higher education institution presidents, provosts, deans, faculty, student-veterans–and representatives from community service agencies that work with higher education-minded veterans. It is also open to the representatives or student-veterans from institutions that don’t have a VRC but would like to establish one. It is presented by Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso, along with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS), and universities, colleges, and community partners from throughout the state.
 
VRC’s are a “one-stop-shop” center, which can help a student-veteran with applying for GI Bill® benefits, veteran-to-veteran mentoring programs, securing additional financial aid or tuition assistance, housing help, transportation needs, and can also assist veterans with filing for their VA or state veterans benefits. It also provides student-veterans with an on-campus haven to study or relax during the busy day.
 
Representatives from campuses currently featuring VRC’s will address how to create an on-campus facility. Attendees will learn how to obtain funding, and how to get a faculty and local veteran community involved: From planning, through construction, and staying connected after opening.
 
For campuses already with a VRC, attendees can learn how to improve or expand services.
 
Though the 2018 Veterans Resource Center Summit is free, pre-registration is required and can easily be done online by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-mexico-veterans-resource-center-summit-2018-tickets-44371685907?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse.
 
The Inn of the Mountain Gods is offering a special summit discount rate of $69 per night for conference attendees. Reservations can also be made on the above link.
 
For more information about the 2018 Veterans Resource Center Summit, contact DVS Education Administrator Marilyn “Mandy” Dykman at Marilyn.dykman@state.nm.us or 505.383.2418.
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