Founded in 2014 as a project of the Governor’s Working Group, the goal of NC STRIVE is to provide services and supports leading to Student Veterans’ success in two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in North Carolina. NC STRIVE accomplishes this goal through conferences targeting administrators, support staff, and faculty.

Four regional conferences are planned for the spring of 2018. These conferences will provide the Student Veteran community with assistance tools and resources to facilitate a smooth transition from the military to higher education and from higher education to the workplace.

Each planning committee consists of representatives from community colleges, public and private universities, LME/MCOs, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Governor’s Institute, and Veteran advocacy organizations. 

NC STRIVE Conferences

During the month of April, NC STRIVE hosted four regional conferences in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Morganton, and Greenville.  Nearly 400 people attended, with representation from community colleges, the UNC system, and private four-year colleges.  The table below indicates the number of attendees and representation by the two and four-year schools.

Number of Attendees Community Colleges UNC System Private
2015 200 23 14 11
2016 216 29 12 9
2017 317 20 14 18
2018 391 30 12 24

While all four conferences had a student Veteran panel and addressed military culture (e.g., Green Zone training) and behavioral health (e.g., Mental Health First Aid, QPR suicide prevention, misuse of opioids), each conference agenda reflected its regional flavor.  For example, the Charlotte and Greenville conferences fielded panels highlighting business leaders and administrators.  Greenville had sessions on educational benefits and transition challenges.  Morgantown also had a breakout group on transition while Fayetteville featured credit transfer, military families, and student Veteran health issues.

 

Agendas, Presentations and Conference Documents from the 2018 conferences:

Central West Region - University of North Carolina At Charlotte

 

Photos taken by: Dr. Alan Freitag, Assistant Dean, Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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