Southern Nazarene University’s new Veterans Educational Transitions Success Center opened 16 April in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The center will provide services to veteran college students and their families during the transition from military to academic, civilian life.
“In the past, students had to navigate the system on their own or seek help from SNU’s VETS Center in Bethany,” said Brint Montgomery, the VETS Center director. “Now, we have dedicated facilities in Tulsa just for veterans, and a concierge service where you sit down, one on one, with trained staff who specialize in veterans’ educational benefits.”
Support services assist veterans in transition to campus life, including orientations, academic and career counseling, and connecting to community support.
“We work you through everything, right there on the spot to get all your paperwork squared away,” Montgomery said. “That way, you're ready to start with no confusion about class schedules, graduation dates, or the benefits you've already earned, and all with a clear mind, ready for learning.”
In Tulsa, SNU provides degree completion and graduate degree options to adult students, with classes taking place one evening a week or completely online.
“Our goal is to help these dedicated men and women find personal success in achieving their educational goals,” said Keith Newman, SNU president.
Vice Provost Kristin Jasper said this dynamic serves the military community and civilian students well.
“The flexibility and convenience of professional and graduate studies courses at SNU make degree completion attainable for vet learners who seek an education that affords them opportunities to further their career during and after military service,” Jasper said. “Veterans bring a perspective that contributes to the learning environment for veterans and non-veterans alike.”
To learn more about SNU-Tulsa and how the VETS Center serves veterans and their families, visit pgs.snu.edu/veterans.