NYIT Veteran Network making strides to success

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NYIT is proud to give veterans the opportunity to receive certain benefits and support after helping protect our country. At NYIT, we have a network dedicated to improving the services for veteran students. NYIT is also part of the yellow ribbon program which partially or fully funds tuition and fee expenses that surpass the post 9/11 GI Bill. This bill was established after 9/11 by the veterans educational assistance act of 2008. There have been several committees and people dedicated to making sure veterans and their families are able to use these benefits throughout their college time. These various programs and benefits that will aid with tuition and living expenses for veteran students at NYIT.

In the spring of 2016, the enrollment services center decided to create a committee that will help address concerns and suggestions about the network. There were several clubs and organizations such as admissions, campus life, career services, enrollment services center and registrar in charge of aiding in this process. They were in charge of reviewing the colleges’ current services with respect to supporting veteran students. One of the first task of the committee was to use the feedback from two focus groups from Old Westbury and Manhattan to create a list of recommendations. The recommendations and feedback from these two focus group helped give further support to the veterans and their transitions. At NYIT, we recognize and empathize with the transition process from being an active military member to a full time student.

“We work as a team to better their experience, where they feel honored and respected for their contributions they made as members of our active military,” said Gabrielle St. Leger, Dean of Campus Life. She has seen firsthand how important the transition from an active military member to a full time student can be for an individual. To aid with this, NYIT has created a platform where new students can learn more about veteran benefits from Nancy Borchers. This will help them connect with new and current veteran students while transitioning into a student.

“NYIT has taken major strides towards achieving the goal of addressing the unique needs of its small and revolving student-veteran community,” said USN Veteran Alrick Russell, graduate student associate and a School of Management Ambassador.

“I had the honor of participating in a veteran’s focus group at the end of last Spring semester, which gave veterans, like myself, the opportunity to provide feedback and make recommendations that can help NYIT better serve our community. I was highly encouraged when I learned of the serious commitment that NYIT leadership had to implementing the promising initiatives that we identified. One such initiative, a veteran’s orientation, has already made a difference in the lives of veterans who are new to our school. As I prepare to graduate this semester, I am hopeful that the roll-out of future initiatives will grow NYIT’s veteran community, and thereby expand access to a potential pool of highly-motivated and capable students.”

NYIT is proud to have the opportunity to help benefit and support our veterans as they make yet another life changing transition.

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NYIT Veteran Network making strides to success