Webinars target staff working with veterans

Free series offered through Human Resource Development Center (HRDC)

As more of America's veterans start using their G.I. Bill benefits at Penn State, the need to best support them intensifies as well. To ensure that Penn State employs best practices in dealing with the unique challenges veteran students and active-duty military encounter in their quest for college degrees, a series of five free webinars, developed in collaboration with Penn State's Human Resource Development Center, is being offered this year.

With increases of 28 percent in 2010 and 21 percent in 2011, the number of students using Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits across all Penn State campuses rose to 3,166 for spring 2011. That number could well continue to increase as the drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan begins on July 1.

The first webinar, "Marketing & Outreach to Student Veterans (PRO 505)" will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on May 24 via Adobe Connect. Designed by a University-wide team in collaboration with HRDC, the course will address the unique needs of veterans through recruitment and admissions into their retention as successful students.

"As greater numbers of military veterans arrive at our campuses, the Vice Provost for Educational Equity is funding this professional development program to better enable us to support this very important student constituency," said Ted Timmerman, associate director and coordinator of veterans outreach in the Office of Veterans Programs.

Other seminars include:

-- "Academic Advising for Student Veterans" on July 19;

-- "Disability & Psych Support Services" on July 28;

-- Chapter 31 Student Veteran Support Services on Sept. 16; and

-- Admission & Financial Aid Counseling on Sept. 27.

All seminars are offered through Adobe Connect at no fee. Registration information and seminar descriptions are available at http://ohr.psu.edu/hrdc/seminars-workshops/ online.

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Last Updated May 19, 2011