ORLANDO, Fla. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Western Nevada College was applauded for its work with veterans during the Disabled American Veterans National Convention headlined by President Barack Obama on August 10 in Orlando.
WNC was also among 250 community colleges and universities that the President credited for making tremendous strides to meet specific needs of present-day veterans, and for adopting the “8 Keys to Success” initiative. The eight steps endorsed by the president encourage schools to welcome and encourage veterans to attain college degrees, certificates, credentials and licenses so they can secure jobs in high-growth areas of the economy.
The “8 Keys to Success” that Obama referred to at the convention are:
1.Creating a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
2.Ensuring consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
3.Implementing an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
4.Coordinating and centralizing campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size).
5.Collaborating with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
6.Using a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.
7.Providing comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
8.Developing systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans