Military Awareness Training

Military students face different challenges compared to traditional students when pursuing higher education.  JSU partners with the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) to offer virtual trainings that shed light on these issues, provide insight about the military culture, and inform you about different ways to support military students in college.

Faculty and Staff Training

For service members, their life in the military was a life-changing experience. The military promises to provide a pathway to education for those who have served and fought for this country. Higher education institutions welcome military-connected students to their campuses, but struggle with integrating them into the campus culture and helping them feel like they belong.

The faculty and staff training is designed to familiarize any faculty or staff member with military and veteran culture as well as veteran-specific considerations in the areas of admissions, finances, academic and student life, and health and well-being. 

Supporting Veteran Success in Higher Education

Student Training

CVTI offers three trainings for Service Members and Student Veterans to assist with their personal, academic, and career preparation:

  1. Attaining Higher Education
    1. General and detailed information about colleges and universities
    2. An understanding of the transferability of military skills into certain fields
    3. Instruction with regard to completion of:
      1. VA application forms
      2. DOE financial aid forms
      3. scholarship application forms
      4. admissions essays
      5. applications
    4. Assistance in gaining knowledge about loans and financial aid
  1. University Studies for Student Veterans
    1. Learn strategies for success in college;
    2. Identify the unique challenges they may face when transitioning from a military culture to an academic culture, and to address those challenges proactively and pragmatically, in plain speak;
    3. Build foundational academic skills and learn best academic practices in accordance with current, cutting-edge scientific and educational research on learning;
    4. Identify the skills that helped them succeed in the military and apply them to an educational setting, and will explore the myriad ways in which the skills they already have can be leveraged to enhance academic performance and improve learning outcomes in college;
    5. Cultivate the ability to reflect productively not only upon what they learn, but critically, how they learn—thereby empowering them to improve their own learning practices iteratively over time;
    6. Develop an awareness and understanding of the curricular and co-curricular resources and services available to them (academic support services, career services, health and psychological services, etc.), and critically, when and how best to access those resources;
  1. Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles for Returning Veterans
    1. Practical tips and strategies for making a successful military-to-civilian career transition.
    2. A framework for how to begin thinking about and exploring new career opportunities.
    3. Model behaviors exhibited by veterans who have successfully started new careers.


Our department also provides in-person trainings to meet the needs of your department or office.  If you are interested in an in-person training, feel free to reach out to us at 256-782-8838 or