Center for Adult Learners and Veterans Holds Celebrations – The West Georgian
The Center for Adult Learners and Veterans held its annual Veterans Celebration activities from November 9th to 13th. This year’s celebrations took place entirely virtually. The celebrations were hosted by Danny Gourley Fischer, Director of the Adult and Veteran Learners Center, in collaboration with various UWG departments such as Career Services, Ancillary Services and University Communications and Marketing.
One of the goals of the Adult and Veteran Learners Center at this event was to celebrate veteran students in a way that would not be a burden to them. Fischer said the center respected veterans a lot, but wanted to avoid celebrating them in a hero-worthy way. Something the center did to celebrate veterans but not put them in the spotlight was to name the event featuring veteran students the “Veteran’s Spotlight” and not “The Wall of Heroes” as someone l ‘had suggested.
“When veterans are erected as the perfect heroes, it creates this unfulfilled vision and can prevent them from feeling empowered to take care of themselves,” said Fischer. “We wanted to be very careful not to do it. “
Another goal of the center for its celebratory activities was to organize events that would be of benefit to veteran students. Feedback from veteran students showed they wanted events that would help them make the transition from active duty to college. As a result of the feedback, the centre’s events have changed over the years to better focus on the needs of veteran students.
“We’ve been working incrementally to solicit feedback and try to make the celebrations something that students find valuable to them,” Fischer said. “Until now, the two things students have always said they want help with are financial aid and finding a job.”
The center has received many comments from students about veterans saying they would like help finding jobs, and this year’s celebrations have consisted of an event to help them with that. “Making Connections: A Guide to Selling Military Skills to Employers” was one of the Veterans Day events where Career Services explained how veterans can create a LinkedIn profile to market their professional skills. .
“If someone’s job in the military was to move explosives around all day, there aren’t many civilian jobs that involve that, but there are skills that are transferable,” Fischer said.
Another event held during the celebrations to give practical advice to veteran students was the “VA Home Loans: Presentation from Atlanta Regional Office”. An Atlanta regional office loan officer went through the process of getting a VA home loan and explained why they are a good loan choice for veterans. Fischer said events like the home loan event allow the center to help veterans in a more lasting way than a one-time celebration.
“We know there is a lot going on for veterans every year on Veterans Day,” said Fischer. “Organizing the weeklong celebrations with lasting events is one way to broaden the appreciation and make it more visible. “