Veterans Education Cohort Model (Veterans Educated Together Succeed) VETS
The Veterans Education Cohort Model is being pro...
Orientation / Team Building
The cohort of students will participate in an orientation / team building session a week prior...
Budget – 1 year, 16 students
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  1. 1. Veterans Education Cohort Model (Veterans Educated Together Succeed) VETS The Veterans Education Cohort Model is being proposed by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College as a strategy for helping those who have served our country to succeed in attainment of an Associate Degree and fulfillment of their education and career goals. By definition a cohort is a group of people who have shared a particular experience during a particular time span. The veterans we serve at higher education institutions have already shared an experience that those not in the military have difficulty relating to. The cohort model for education has been used for decades in Master’s and Doctoral education programs. A group of individuals pursuing a common goal, higher education, come together, providing support and encouragement so that all may succeed. The proposed Veterans Educated Together Succeed (VETS) model will gather 16 – 20 veterans with similar educational goals. They will enroll in classes as a cohort and support will include college assimilation programs, academic advising, mentoring, counseling and tutoring. The program will also include education for faculty and staff to create awareness of the challenges to the student veteran population. This education program seeks to provide a cohort model in which 80% of the curriculum taken is identical. The remaining coursework will be chosen to create degree opportunities that match the student’s desires. We believe that this can be accomplished by focusing on a core program like the Electro-Mechanical Associates Degree. The core classes in this program are transferrable to many other programs at many colleges. The Solar Energy Technology, Utilities Engineering Technology, Energy Management Technology, Wind and Manufacturing Engineering programs all contain significant courses from this program. The cohort would complete this core of Electro-Mechanical courses together and then specialize in a program area assimilating with other students in those programs. The ability to complete a majority of the degree program in an atmosphere that is tailored to their experiences and strengths provides the most supportive opportunities for success and degree completion. The graduating students would also have the opportunity to complete an Applied Technical Studies Bachelors Degree through transfer agreements with the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Recruiting / Advising A coordinator / program coach will work with potential veteran students. The coordinator will help them examine program / career options and facilitate placement testing as needed. The coordinator will also work to connect businesses to students and foster the internship and mentoring relationships. The coordinator will work with the students throughout their education at the college, through their internships w/ businesses and their first job placement. An academic advisor will be assigned to the students in the cohort. The academic advisor assigned will have experience with veterans and/or be a veteran. The academic advisor will work with the coordinator to schedule the cohort’s classes and any plans for remediation that may be needed.
  2. 2. Orientation / Team Building The cohort of students will participate in an orientation / team building session a week prior to the start of school. The advisor and the coordinator will work together to plan the weeks activities. They will participate in typical orientation activities, exposing them to all of the programs at the college. The cohort will also do team building exercises meant to develop the camaraderie amongst the cohort. The college will work with the public safety division of the college to facilitate these activities. Remediation As part of the early recruiting efforts testing will take place to determine the students current Math, Reading and Writing placement. The college has basic education programs and will set up plans for any remediation needed. It is critical that the students have the basic skills in needed to be successful. The coordinator will work with potential students to complete remediation prior to the start of the academic program. Program Core Classes will be structured so that cohort can move through at least the first year of the program as a group. The academic advisor and coordinator will work to ensure that the instructors for the classes have experience with veteran’s issues. Training will be provided for instructors based on the recommendations of the coordinator and academic advisor. Tutoring sessions will be provided to students as required and will take place using the cohort model as well. Emphasis will be placed on providing additional activities for the cohort including physical activity and stress management. Financial planning sessions will be provided to help students adjust to their new economic situation. The coordinator will work with employers to ensure that the needs of the employers are being met with the program courses and that students are continually exposed through internships, guest speakers and field visits. Internships / Job Placement The coordinator will work with businesses to provide internships for the cohort students for the summer between their first and second year. The coordinator will work with the students and the college’s career center on resumes and interview skills. Businesses will hold mock interviews and provide job shadowing opportunities for the student veterans. The program coordinator will help students with job placement upon graduation.
  3. 3. Budget – 1 year, 16 students Description Detail Cost Total Coordinator ½ time, includes benefits $52.500 Academic Advisor ½ time, includes benefits $40,800 Orientation Activity / fees / food $5,000 Basic Education Remediation –covered by college Tuition Covered by Federal Govt. programs Books / Supplies $41.67/credit for federal program Group Tutoring 20 hours / wk x 17 weeks x 2 $10,000 Computer $1,200/student 19,200 Living Expenses Apartment $595/2 bedroom apt. x 16 x 12 - $57,120 Food / living allowance $425/month x 16 x 9 = $61,200 Total $245,820 Other ideas: Veterans Energy Center: Power distribution, renewable energy, energy management, veterans advising… Staff training – instructing faculty and staff regarding veterans issues and sensitizing them to what the veteran students have experienced. Field experiences at businesses as part of the training – may need funds for transportation / accommodations Notes: Wisconsin covers a portion of the veterans tuition, the college picks up the rest. Wisconsin does not provide any funds for books or supplies. The Federal, Post 9/11 program, reimburses the college for tuition and $41.67/credit for books