Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

The Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success is available for veterans to collaborate academically, mentor and support one another, share resources, socialize, and decompress from the challenge of adjusting from military to civilian life.

Location and Hours

Services

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Priority registration for all active duty, reserve members, veterans, and eligible family members
  • Access to The Center, which has free printing, snacks, computers with CAC card readers (4), white boards, TV with streaming services, and games
  • Help accessing and understanding GI Bill® benefits
  • Assistance determining tuition discount eligibility
  • Connection with campus community
  • Military transcript evaluation
  • Veteran specific academic advising
  • Tailored referrals to campus and community resources
  • When available, access to on-site VetCorps representative for assistance navigating the LWTech system and off-campus resources
  • Join The Center virtually by joining our LWTech Student Veterans group on Microsoft Teams

 

Transitional Development

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a safe place for Veteran transitions. LWTech's teams understand the level of complexity, stress, and anxiety that is involved when a person separates from the military. We utilize on and off campus resources that support a creative safe environment, which allows our Veteran students to develop personally and professionally. Our graduates are ready to take the next step in their education, or their first steps into civilian employment. 

Military veterans of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to enter higher education in ever increasing numbers. Unfortunately, colleges and universities across the country often find themselves lacking the understanding and services necessary to support their unique needs and experiences. By learning the strengths, needs, and challenges of student-veterans as they transition from the military and matriculate through higher education, advisors armed with information from the Schlossberg et al. (1995) framework will facilitate greater advocacy for student-veterans. When academic advisors, faculty members, and Transitioning Student-Veterans staff know the issues of and resources for veterans, then colleges and universities can facilitate student veterans’ achievement of personal and academic aspirations. Only through a foundation of understanding can higher education adequately assist this increasing student population.

 

- Source:  NACADA Journal Volume 31(1) Spring 2011