University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus Hosts Military Transitioning Event
University hosts Start Strong Event to connect career resources and opportunities to veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses during Veterans Day week
WHAT: As hundreds of thousands of service members return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the veterans’ unemployment rate is 9.7 percent1 – significantly higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.2 The need for career services for transitioning active-duty service members, veterans and their families has never been more immediate.
Entering the civilian job sector after a military career requires careful preparation and planning. To meet this need, University of Phoenix® invites veterans, active duty-service members and their spouses to a special Start Strong Event to learn about career resources essential for transitioning success. At the event, University of Phoenix staff and faculty, along with local veterans, will share important information on the following topics:
- Panel Discussion “Transition to civilian life”- Attendees will gain insight into making the transition from military to the civilian sector by listening to a special panel discussion with representatives from the military, Veterans Affairs, government, local corporations and University of Phoenix military alumni. Attendees have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about how to translate their military experience into the civilian job market. Panelists include:
- Ron Adkins, a retired Marine Master Sergeant, served in the military for 24 years and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Mississippi State University. After retiring, he worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Iraq and Sicily. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2008 and is working toward a doctorate degree at the school. He is a business owner, reserve police officer and also works as an engineering program manager.
- Ed Knetig, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, is in his second career as an engineer. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years as an airlift pilot and joint staff officer. He is decorated for participation in armed conflicts in Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has a MBA in finance from the University of Colorado.
- Dress for Success Workshop – Attendees will learn how to "dress for success” to better understand the proper attire for job interviewing and working in the civilian work environment.
Also at the event, Cleveland native Danielle Thomas will be recognized for winning the Outstanding Military Student award. Thomas enlisted in the Navy in 2004 as a Master-at-Arms (police officer) and served stints in Maryland and Guantanamo Bay. She is now attending the University of Phoenix and works full time at a Cleveland company that transitions the elderly back into the community to live independently.
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: University of Phoenix
3401 Enterprise Pkwy, Suite 115
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
More information can be found at www.phoenix.edu/militaryevent
- University of Phoenix Cleveland Campus Director Gina Cuffari is available to discuss why the University is hosting the military transitioning event in the local market.
- Footage of members of the local military community learning about career resources and opportunities from University of Phoenix staff and faculty, as well as local veterans who successfully made the transition from military to the civilian sector.
University of Phoenix® Military Division works directly with active- duty service members, their spouses, and veterans to help them balance frequent deployments, relocations, and training schedules while obtaining their degrees. University of Phoenix Military Division students can access classes online or at more than 100 University of Phoenix locations, giving military students an opportunity to choose the learning environment that is most conducive to their educational success. Active duty military members and spouses stationed or deployed overseas can earn either a Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts in Education degree at campus locations throughout Europe and Asia. More information can be found at http://www.phoenix.edu/military.
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.
MEDIA CONTACT: Loren Meck
Goldstein Group Communications for
University of Phoenix