Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is launching a work-based learning program for student veterans, MLive reported.
GVSU – in partnership with food solutions company SpartanNash – will launch the “Veterans Advance: Progressive Work-Based Learning” program, which will employ student-veterans, give them competitive wages while they’re in school, and offer access to paid professional work experience and a leadership track concurrent with their degree plan.
“Veterans can suffer unintended negative consequences, and college admission is often more difficult for veterans simply due to their distance from high school,” GVSU President Dr. Philomena Mantella said. “GVSU was the first in the nation to launch the Veteran’s Promise aimed at supporting those with an intention to start college after or during service. This year, Grand Valley is addressing the negative impacts of delayed career starts due to veterans’ commitment to serve.”
One of the goals is to help ensure veterans are recognized for skills they bring from military service to civilian society and careers.
“The training and lived experience veterans bring to employers is invaluable,” said Nicole Zube, SpartanNash SVP and chief human resources officer. “Blending their skills with work-based learning experiences and the educational excellence provided by GVSU is a recipe for building our next generation of leaders.”