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Bellevue University has a long history of serving our nation’s military service members and Veterans. In fact, Bellevue University was founded to serve personnel stationed less than five miles from its campus at USSTRATCOM.
When Michael E. Echols, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Bellevue University’s Strategic Initiatives Division learned that our nation’s Veterans were not accessing the education they need to be successful in civilian careers, he sprung into action.
The data are compelling:
Bellevue University created a team of national authorities on Veteran transition and career development to address these issues. The team included retired Brig. Gen. Frank J. Anderson, Jr., who noted, “Veterans know how to work in teams and have strong leadership skill sets. However, they need transition support in applying those skills within your organization. It should not be left to chance for your Veterans to successfully find their way in filling your critical talent needs and optimizing their career choices.”
The result was Bellevue University’s Veterans Initiative for Advancement (VIA). VIA includes much more than the typical Veteran advising services that some universities offer. It is an unprecedented suite of services, technology tools, and educational programs designed by educators in collaboration with Veterans – exclusively for Veterans.
Components of VIA include:
“This award affirms Bellevue University’s mission to support our nation’s Veterans,” said Michael E. Echols. “Veterans compose one of the most dedicated, hard-working, and loyal groups of leaders. Our satisfaction comes from serving Veterans in their transition to success in civilian careers and life.”
The Learning In Practice Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards are given annually for excellence in learning and employee development. This is one of many Learning In Practice Awards for Bellevue University from CLO Media and is another in a long list of accolades for Bellevue University’s mission to support Veterans. Bellevue University is listed as Best of the Best for Veteran-Friendly Schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine’s 2013 survey. In 2013, Bellevue University was also ranked No. 3 for Veterans in Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report and is in the top 10 for Top Online Education Program Rankings in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees.