Aurora's newest grant recipient is the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. As part of the Colorado University System, this grant got creative in thinking of ways to make the largest impact it could with $5,000.
According to Phillip Morris, UCCS's Director of the Veteran & Military Student Affairs Office, "UCCS is one of the fastest growing campuses in the country, with five military installations located in Colorado Springs or along the Front Range. The veteran and military enrollment is substantial. Currently over 1400 veterans, military members, or family members (using transferred benefits) are enrolled, placing UCCS among the top 2% of all higher education institutions with regard to total student veteran enrollment, and comprising 13% of the total enrollment for the campus."
UCCS' grant covers two areas of focus: faculty training and veteran-only curriculum. Their population of over 1,400 veteran students and G.I. Bill has a robust Office of veteran & Military Student Affairs that already hosts a faculty training event there on the UCCS campus, but saw a need to reach faculty members throughout the CU system via an online program. Aurora's grant helped set up their VETS-OP (Veteran Educators Training Support - Online Program) for all faculty members of the Colorado University System. This particular online curriculum helps all faculty access training without having to worry about physical barriers.
The second part of the grant funds a three-credit course for veterans called "Transitions Seminar." This class enables active-duty military students or student veterans to learn academic skills, details regarding finding a major, and working towards a civilian career while building on skills learned in the military.
For more information on the great things the Colorado University System is doing for their student veterans, visit their site here.