John F. Kennedy University is committed to providing our veteran students excellent service and support to help them achieve their academic goals.
As part of this commitment, JFK University has expanded its services to veterans through the VALOR Center (Veteran Academic Ladder for Opportunity and Resiliency) located at our Pleasant Hill campus.
The Center is the result of a $326,463, three-year grant that was awarded to JFK University by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
The VALOR Center is a centralized point for the coordination of services that focus on four key areas: 1) easing veterans’ transition to campus life, 2) increasing retention, 3) improving achievement of educational and career goals, and 4) providing a higher quality of life through the coupling of pre-existing services and support with newly-created programming specifically developed to meet the needs of veteran students.
As part of this project, John F. Kennedy University has established a VALOR student support team to facilitate the development and implementation of the Center and its services. The Center serves as a one-stop referral center to provide guidance and assistance in directing veterans to the additional services they need. Funding from the grant also facilitates a military peer-to-peer mentoring programming that assists with retention and academic achievement. As a result of the Center, JFK University anticipates an increase in graduation rates for veterans, higher job placement, lower unemployment, and higher retention rates.
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