Outreach Programs and Services

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Outreach

Mission
The Outreach Mission is in keeping with that of the University's, to enhance growth by seeking out all veterans, service-members, dependents and survivors in order to provide them the opportunity to enhance their lives by obtaining a degree here at MSU. The mission consists of building relationships in the community and beyond as well as increasing awareness of the Center throughout the civilian community as well as the military community.

Services
Services provided to veterans, service-members, dependents and survivors (VSDS) include:

  1. Reaching out to the VSDS population throughout Mississippi and the Southeast to inform them of their opportunities here at MSU.
  2. Advising prospective VSDS students on the admissions process.
  3. Advising VSDS students on their benefits and options.
  4. Giving campus tours to VSDS students and their families.
  5. Assisting in all initial paperwork for the GI Bill®, Federal Tuition Assistance, Tuition Assistance, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
  6. Providing liaison services to VSDS students (voice between students and departments).

For more information, for assistance, or to set up a campus tour, please contact Eddie Scales, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, at 662-325-1496 or escales@saffairs.msstate.edu.

Transition Assistance Program

Assist in the transition to a college academic lifestyle for student veterans, service-members, dependents, and survivors.

Mississippi State University and the Center for America's Veterans strive to help all student veterans, service-members, dependents and survivors ease the transition to college life. Our mission is to help you start on the right path to attaining your college education and helping you transition to a college lifestyle. The Center for America's Veterans offers three areas to help with your transition.

VTP - Veteran Transition Program
Designed as a learning community, the VTP is a veteran and service-member program providing a stepping stone for students to begin their college career on the right path. This program offers three academic classes (Typically - Math, English, and Communication) and a one hour credit transition class. The academic classes are required for graduation. You will be enrolled in these classes with other veterans and service-members. The transition class is designed to give you the tools to be successful as you begin your college career. It will cover basic items such as available resources including; the Learning Center, Library, Career Center as well as other areas on campusavailable to help in your academic success. This program also offers on-campus housing if needed. All components of this program make up the VTP learning community.

The Center for America's Veterans also works with all academic departments on campus to assist all veterans, service-members, dependents, and survivors to ensure academic success while at Mississippi State.

Career Transition Assistance Program
The Center for America's Veterans works with local, state, and federal agencies in an effort to assist veterans, service-members, dependents, and survivors in their pursuit of a successful and promising career upon graduation from Mississippi State University. Partnering with the MSU Career Center, the center assists student in the developing of resumes designed to capture military experience and training and assists in developing interview skills to ensure students are successful during the interview process.

Family Assistance Program
This program assists veterans, service-members, dependents, and survivors with other family needs such as jobs, local housing, day care and any other needs that may arise. While the Center for America's Veterans cannot guarantee any of the above mentioned services, they do work closely with local businesses and realtors to make every effort to accommodate all students with their needs.

For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Locke, Associate Director, at 662-325-6825 or blocke@saffairs.msstate.edu.

Center Services

The Center provides the following services for all veterans, service-members, dependents, and survivors.

  1. Computer Lab - The computer lab consists of 5 desktop computers. Students have access to these computers during open hours and can do all printing at no cost. If access is needed after hours arrangements can be made at the reception desk.
  2. Meeting Room/Study Room - This room is upstairs in the center and can be used by all students during open hours for meetings or study groups. If you require the meeting room please make arrangements through the reception desk. If access is needed after hours arrangements can be made at the reception desk.

MSU Students

Student Veteran Association

Please contact Mr. Charles Pearman, SVA President
Email: cgp148@msstate.edu

Student Veterans, Service-Members, Dependents, and Survivors Workshops (web link)

The Center facilitates workshops for all VSDS students throughout the school year on a monthly basis. These workshops include but are not limited to the following:

If you would like to see a particular workshop provided, please contact Mr. Brian Locke, Associate Director, at 662-325-6825 or blocke@saffairs.msstate.edu.

Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Services, in conjunction with the "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans, offers support to military veterans and service-members as they transition into their role as a student at MSU. This service is designed to give veterans and service-members an opportunity to discuss issues related to their military experience and adjustment in returning to the campus environment and civilian life. The counseling center provides one on one counseling as well as group counseling if preferred. Counseling specifically designed for PTSD and TBI are offered. For more information about this service please contact a counselor at (662) 325-2091 or through this link http://www.health.msstate.edu/scs/.

MSU Students

Veteran Work Study Program

The veteran work study program is designed to offer part-time work to veterans and servicemembers who are currently receiving a veteran education benefits. Duties include but are not limited to assisting in the processing of VA certification related forms, records, work-study program, and in the resolution of VA certification/re-certification related problems, either in person, by telephone, or direct mail. Assisting in maintaining veteran's files, and entering VA student data into electronic information systems such as VA-Cert and VA-Once.

Briefing VA students pertaining to enrollment and related issues such as, enrollment process, tuition and fees, and how to apply for other sources of assistance in a variety of enrollment related areas AND assisting in the establishment and implementation of educational outreach programs designed to facilitate the educational transition of military veterans. Applications for Veteran Student Worker positions can be picked up at the Center for America's Veterans. For more information, please contact Ms Julie Kirk at 662-325-9098 or email at jkirk@saffairs.msstate.edu.


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