Veteran Educator Background – Union Institute & University

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Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

A non-profit, accredited, private university spanning a vast territory from Vermont to Florida and California, Union Institute & University offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Union provides an array of options for completing coursework, including low-residency programs that combine distance learning with web-based education, small on-ground classes, and totally online programs. Union offers accelerated plans through liberal transfer policies and prior learning assessment. The institution is rated as “Military Friendly” and a Servicemember’s Opportunity College. It offers scholarships for veterans, active duty military, National Guard, reservists, and their spouses and dependents. The university accepts the GI Bill and is a Yellow Ribbon School.

“Our President, Roger Sublett, believes that education at Union should be as low-cost as we can make it, because we know that the veteran and active-duty student has already paid the cost in service to their country,”  said Neal Meier, director/military affairs and a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. Sublett recently approved a tuition scholarship of $250 a credit hour for active-duty personnel, reservists, and members of the National Guard; and $350 a credit hour for their spouses and dependents. In addition, he approved a $3,000 scholarship for veterans, their spouses, and dependents.

Vanessa Reinosa, a former Navy corpsman who is now a UI&U military enrollment counselor in Sacramento, works hard to bring in military students. And after they enroll, she sees that they get the benefits they deserve. “I love helping servicemembers and veterans obtain their degrees and get their benefits,” she said. “We are proud of our excellent customer service to our veterans. We go above and beyond.”

But Reinosa had the opposite experience when she inquired about continuing her education at another school. Essentially, Reinosa was told she was on her own when it came to dealing with her benefits. “I was not helped very much,” she said, “which is one reason I strive to do as much as I can for the servicemembers and veterans who are interested in Union Institute & University.”

“As students, they are mature, take care of business and are built to succeed. They communicate very well and have confidence. When I started in this position, we had 17 military students at the Sacramento campus. Now we have 70.”

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This article was written by Jay Myers