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Finger Lakes Community College Veteran Advocacy Council Board of Trustees Presentation October 2, 2013 Sarah Whiffen, Associate Vice President of Student.

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1 Finger Lakes Community College Veteran Advocacy Council Board of Trustees Presentation October 2, 2013 Sarah Whiffen, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Corinne Canough, Director, Educational Planning & Career Services

2 Accomplishments Memorandum of Understanding signed between Canandaigua VA & FLCC regarding the VITAL grant – Allows for consultation and collaboration between two entities to support veterans throughout the college experience. Offered a multi-faceted training to faculty & staff over the course of – Over 20 veteran “advocates” were trained – Each campus center has at least one advocate on staff – Advocate “logo” designed for easy recognition

3 Programs & Services Conducted a session with student veterans to determine how the VA could better support them Surveyed current student veterans for needs to better guide our future efforts Coordinated a student veteran resume-building workshop in collaboration with the Canandaigua VA and Finger Lakes Works/Ontario County Workforce Development

4 Happenings New Student Orientation had a dedicated orientation leader (student) who worked with student veterans during the program and discussed programs and services on campus for support Veteran-focused College Studies Strategies course will be run during the second mini-mester session of fall 2013 Annual campus Veterans Day Celebration will occur on 11/11/13 Continue to offer advocate training Update and enhance the FLCC veteran website Work with VITAL grant to continue service for students on our campus two-three times per week Establish FLCC formally as “veteran friendly” status

5 Why “Veteran-Friendly”? Sites are often promoted through the military to active members who will be discharged soon Military friendly is a common baseline that allows students to understand what services colleges have that support the veteran “Veteran Friendly” is defined in a way that addresses both the institution’s and student’s needs.

6 Veteran Advocacy Council Membership David Andrews, VITAL Grant support Corinne Canough, Educational Planning & Career Services Patricia Quinlan-Clark, Faculty member William Cunnane, student & president, veterans’ student club Jennie Erdle, Student Life Richard Gray, Financial Aid counselor & FLCC certifying official Andrea Parker, Project Success academic coach Joshua Pollock, student Heman Sweet, Faculty member & club advisor Sarah Whiffen, AVP of Student Affairs


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