On June 5-6, ACE Veterans' Program hosted a 2-day summit to develop strategies for expanding the reach of our Severely Injured Military Veterans (SIMV) program.
The SIMV program directly supports wounded veterans and their families by providing individualized advising focused on the exploration of career and educational options. This one-on-one support has proven highly successful as ACE has worked with more than 800 service members and their families during the process of applying to and gaining acceptance at institutions of higher education.
Through the success of this program and other similar work currently being conducted by other agencies, ACE believes that a consolidated effort can reach a larger number of potential military and veteran learners while also increasing retention and attainment for the military student population.
This 2-day summit brought together experts in military student populations, admissions and academic advising, veteran employment and transition assistance. The overarching goal of the summit was to collate promising practices and action items for further assisting both active-duty service members and veterans in the college application and acceptance process, and to examine ways to ensure their success in the college entry process.
ACE will be releasing a summary on the summit findings by the middle of October 2014 and look forward to future conversations and collaboration around this topic.