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DWD and UW-Superior Officials Discuss Efforts to Connect Veterans to Education and Employment

DWD and UW-Superior Officials Discuss Efforts to Connect Veterans to Education and EmploymentE

SUPERIOR – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson met with officials from the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UW-Superior) to highlight efforts to connect veterans with the education, job training and employment they need to succeed as they transition from military to civilian life and discuss areas for potential collaboration.

DWD's Office of Veterans Services specializes in providing traditional employment services, such as resume writing, career counseling, job search assistance, job placement and retention support and assistance with overcoming employment barriers. Thousands of veterans have entered the workforce after receiving services from OVS over the last few years alone. Additionally, DWD operates the WiscJobsforVets website in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The website helps veterans find job opportunities within the Wisconsin state government and since its inception has helped place hundreds of veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 30 percent in good-paying government positions.

"At DWD, our mission is to help anyone who wants a job, get a job, and that is especially true of our veterans," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "When veterans return from active duty, they arrive with a plethora of skills that they obtained while serving their country, and our mission is to connect them with employers who need highly skilled, highly dependable workers. Wisconsin's workforce is the envy of the nation, and that is in no small part due to our veterans."

UW-Superior operates a Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center which supports veterans and their families as well as other nontraditional students. The center provides a relaxing atmosphere where veterans can be connected to academic resources and other community supports to help them integrate into civilian life. UW-Superior was recently named a Military Friendly School for the seventh straight year by GI Jobs. The UW-Superior Foundation was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to help operate the VNSC and provide additional resources to veterans and their families.

“Our goal at the UW-Superior Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC) is to assist student veterans and their families in their transition back into school and help them be successful in their academic and career endeavors," Monte Stewart, Coordinator of the VNSC, said. "We work individually with each student to ensure we are providing them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed."

In addition, Wisconsin's public sector universities provide excellent educational supports. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill offers the finest higher education benefit in the nation, which can be used for undergraduate or graduate education for full-time, part-time and Flexible Option students. Eligible veterans, as well as spouses and children of disabled veterans, are not charged tuition and fees up to 128 credits. Assuming a standard course load, the Wisconsin GI Bill provides four years of 100% free tuition. Veterans are given priority registration at all UW institutions.

For more information on DWD's Office of Veterans Services, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans/