UTC introduces new mentorship program for veteran students

A new student mentorship initiative to help active duty military personnel, military veterans, and their families successfully transition into the college classroom is launching this fall at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Student Ambassador Program for Veterans and Military Affairs is designed for military members currently enrolled in UTC courses, military veterans, dependents, and spouses. An essential element of this initiative is that UTC students will play an important role in facilitating the transition.

The initiative is a rebranding and restructuring of what was previously known as the Veterans Peer Mentorship Program.

“This is for anyone connected to the military,” said Sylvana Matthews, UTC’s director of veterans and military affairs. “The previous program was primarily for student veterans and not necessarily all members of the community, so we have expanded it to include dependents who are support systems for veterans as well as spouses as they go through also their own transition with the veteran. ”

At the start of the fall semester, Ms. Matthews said her office had a database of about 500 people, “and that’s not including alumni, facilitators, and even department staff — like deans – who are veterans who support the initiative”.

Veterans and Military Affairs Student Ambassador Program services include peer-to-peer support, transition support programs and services, academic success and case management services, and connection to resources on and off campus. .

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