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Kent State Establishes Center for Adult and Veteran Services

Posted May, 25, 2010

To better serve the needs of the increasing number of adult students including veterans, Kent State University has created the Center for Adult and Veteran Services. The new office replaces the former Adult Student Center and combines with it the university’s Veterans Affairs Benefits Certifying Official responsibilities.

Photo of Center for Adult and Veteran Services staff“Going to college as an adult can be a stressful and confusing process,” said Rachel Anderson, director of Kent State’s Center for Adult and Veteran Services. “The Center for Adult and Veteran Services can help our veterans and adult students establish a support system and assist them in their transition to college. We also can refer them to other resources on campus, like free tutoring and career counseling, which can further assist them to be successful in college.”

The center offers services that include adult student support groups, pre-admission counseling, academic advising, career guidance and adult student orientation courses. The office also provides advocacy for the adult student in other offices and on university committees that plan programs and activities that impact the students.

“We are focused on their needs,” Anderson said. “We have a very welcoming staff and faculty who work closely with our adult students and veterans to help remove the barriers to college admission. We provide one-on-one, personalized and comprehensive support tailored to each person’s needs. Whether an adult student is entering college for the first time or returning to school, we are dedicated to the success of all of our students.”

Kent State has more than 2,500 adult students taking undergraduate courses, representing about eight percent of the university’s total undergraduate population. The number of veterans has dramatically increased. On the Kent Campus alone, the number of veterans enrolled went from 330 in spring 2009 to 480 in spring 2010. The university estimates that number will reach 1,000 veterans enrolled system-wide at Kent State’s eight campuses by fall 2010.

“We attribute the growing number of veteran students to the numbers of veterans coming back home as well as the Post-9/11 GI Bill,” said Joshua Rider, Kent State’s assistant director of the Center for Adult and Veteran Services and VA Certifying Official for the Kent Campus. “The new GI Bill pays for tuition, fees and books, plus provides $1,000 a month for living expenses. There are no cost barriers for returning soldiers to go to college.”

Kent State is known as a military friendly school. The university was named to G.I. Jobs 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Those interested in finding out more about the services available from the Center of Adult and Veteran Services are encouraged to call the center and schedule an appointment with an adult student counselor.

Kent State’s Center for Adult and Veteran Services is located in 181 in the Schwartz Center along East Summit Street between Risman Drive and Morris Road in Kent, Ohio. For more information, call 330-672-7933 or visit www.kent.edu/cavs.

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Photo Caption: Staff members of the Center for Adult and Veteran Services at Kent State University include (top row, left to right) Stephanie Boyd, Mamoun Alzoubi, Felicia Mercado and (bottom row, left to right) Joshua Rider, Rachel Anderson and Mechelle Carr.

Media Contacts:
Rachel Anderson, raanders@kent.edu, 330-672-7933
Joshua Rider, jrider@kent.edu, 330-672-0510
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595