Published in the May/June 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Keiser University provides career-focused, post-secondary education, and is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university serves approximately 18,000 students seeking associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees in over 50 degree programs.
Keiser University delivers its services at 14 Florida campuses and via online and graduate school divisions. The university ranks third nationally in the number of associate’s degrees awarded in health professions and related sciences, second in the number of associate’s degrees in security and protective services, and fifth in associate’s degrees in criminal justice. The graduate school opened in 2006 and offers an MBA as well as a variety of master’s degrees in education, physician assistance, and criminal justice.
Jan Del Signore, Associate Vice Chancellor of Military Affairs and a retired Air Force master sergeant with 20-plus years in the service, understands the importance of higher education—she is currently working on her doctorate. Del Signore has been in her current position since last fall, helping active duty, veteran, and military dependent students. For nearly a decade before that, she was the Dean of Academic Affairs at Keiser’s Tallahassee campus.
She believes education is more important now than ever before. “The prolonged recession has presented challenges and created record high unemployment rates,” Del Signore said. “Veterans need to make themselves more marketable to potential employers by combining their natural leadership talent with a solid education and current skill set for the jobs that are in demand today.
“Today’s job seeker finds intense competition in the workforce, and having military experience combined with a college degree enhances our graduate’s ability to stand out above the competition. There is an intense national focus on post-secondary education, and career colleges across the nation are providing access to military students seeking to answer the President’s call to lead the world in baccalaureate production by 2020.”
Del Signore thinks Keiser University is an ideal place for military students. “We offer military scholarships to eligible active-duty members, veterans, and military dependents,” she said. “We are approved for VA benefits and participate in the Yellow Ribbon program under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Keiser University is an active member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and works with military, veteran and dependent students. Military training is taken into consideration for transferability, depending on the degree students would like to obtain.”
Because of the discipline instilled in military students, Del Signore finds that they appreciate the alternate degree delivery systems the school offers, including day, evening, online, and the hybrid program – a combination of campus and online courses.
Del Signore also pointed out that Keiser has had lots of success hiring veterans to work at the school. Many of those skills also make them ideal students. “There are many soft skills they bring with them, such as discipline, reliability, interest in learning new tasks, and self-confidence. They have experience writing policy, managing organizations or billion dollar equipment, and supervising personnel,” she said. “The list can go on. Each veteran is unique, depending on what kind of training they completed, their job in the military, how long they served, and what rank they achieved.”