The diverse Education Working Group includes educational institutions, state agencies, and non-profit organizations working to improve access to education benefits and facilitate a successful educational experience for service members, veterans and their families.
Most recently, the EWG co-hosted several events throughout the state targeting student veterans and employers to increase awareness of potential career paths for veterans and connect the student veterans with networking mentors. The host locations were Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Southwestern Illinois College, Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University.
Current and Future Initiatives of the Education Working Group
- Conducting statewide “train the trainer” sessions on Military/Veteran 101 training for college and university faculty.
- Working with university and college officials to assist them in recognizing military learning for appropriate, full academic credit.
- Conduct advisor training covering topics from career pathways to financial benefits.
- Hosting a webinar series on topical issues concerning student veterans.
Working Group Chair
Kevin Smith, Governor’s State University