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Microcredential

Veteran Transition: Academic Excellence and Career Readiness

Columbia University via edX XSeries

Overview

Note: All CVTI courses are free for everyone.

The Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) supports excellence and innovation in transition programming for current and former members of the armed forces.

As a service member in transition, you may face barriers reaching your potential in accessing higher education and beginning meaningful careers, despite the many effective programs offered to this population by the Department of Labor, Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program, and other programs offered by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. With this in mind, the CVTI is dedicated to creating free courses that will help to break down those barriers to your successful transition. Currently we are offering three courses to meet these demands, with more courses on the way. While these courses are created for veterans and active duty service members, they are free and available for all.

Attaining Higher Education is a course designed to facilitate the successful transition of active duty service members and veterans to postsecondary education, whether at a two- or four-year college for an associate's or bachelor's degree, or even graduate school.

University Studies for Student Veterans helps orient veterans to the norms and expectations of the college classroom, along with offering strategies to ease the transition, to help achieve academic goals, and to allow students to optimize their college education.

Find Your Calling: Transition Principles for Returning Veterans will focus on the development of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual character strengths as they relate to making a successful career transition from military service to the civilian workforce. The course content is meant to provide you with a framework for an iterative process of self-reflection and the development of practical skills that enables you to make career choices that better align with your values, ambitions, and continued service. Ultimately, this course helps you answer the question: What should I do next?

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Attaining Higher Education

Prepare to transition to college using intentional decision-making. Aimed at active duty service members and veterans, with this course you will learn about the college admission process, including financial aid, to help you choose a right-fit college.



Course 2: University Studies for Student Veterans
This course helps veterans transition smoothly from military service to college, and helps them maximize their success once they arrive.

Course 3: Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles for Returning Veterans
This course provides military veterans with a useful roadmap to transition more smoothly from military service to a new and meaningful civilian career.

Courses

Taught by

Simon Sinek, William Deresiewicz, Lindsey Pollak, Nick Utzig, Sheena Iyengar, Sebastian Junger, Robin Stern, Beth E. Morgan, Tanya Ang, Skip Bailey, Dirk Vanderlaan, R.J. Jenkins, Sara Remedios, Josh Edwin, Michael Abrams and Tiffany Decker

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