TVPO and Other DoD Representatives Attend 2019 Council of College and Military Educators Symposium

From Transition to Veterans Program Office

Melinda Manyx, curriculum program manager, Department of Defense (DoD), Transition to Veterans Program Office (TVPO), attended the annual Council of College and Military Educators Professional Development Symposium in Austin, Texas, January 21-24, 2019. The conference seeks to bring together leaders and experts from government, academia, and industry to discuss those matters most pertinent to student veterans.

Manyx spoke to conference attendees about how the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) prepares service members for higher education.

The Accessing Higher Education (AHE) Track assists service members who are interested in pursuing higher education by identifying the education requirements supporting their career goals.

The two-day AHE workshop is divided into four topic areas: choosing a program of study, selecting an institution of higher education, exploring funding sources, and navigating the admission process. Throughout the workshop, service members conduct research on at least two institutions and complete a college comparison chart.

“Every transitioning service member interested in pursuing higher education is different and they have unique post-transition education goals,” said Manyx. “AHE equips them with the necessary tools and information they need to really hit the ground running to go from boots to books,” she added.

Janice Neal, CCME President 2019-2020, said in a release “We are always excited each year to hear from Mr. Charles (Fred) Drummond, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, Ms. Dawn Bilodeau, Chief of Defense DoD Voluntary Education, Mr. Anthony Clarke DoD Education Program Analyst, and Ms. Margarita Devlin Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits Assistance Service.”

The Veterans Benefit Administration also supplied an informative Veterans Affairs Update and the Department of Labor, Mr. Jose Velazquez, moderated a panel of experts in apprenticeship programs that support the military community.

Also in attendance at CCME during a panel discussion of the most critical topics in the education arena was:

• Brigadier General Gregory Chaney, Assistant Adjutant General, Austin, Texas
• Honorable Patrick J. Murphy, 32nd Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer
• Ms. Hildegard Buan, Chief, Air Force Voluntary Education
• Ms. Pamela Raymer, Chief, Army Continuing Education Systems
• Mr. Daryl Patrick, Chief, Marine Corps Voluntary Education Service

“This symposium brings together individuals who work across the educational arena, federal, non-federal, schools, and more to provide the space to collaborate. I look forward to attending each year,” concluded Manyx.

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