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John F. Kennedy University is committed to providing our veteran students and the veteran community at large.

As part of this commitment, JFK University has expanded its services to veterans through the VALOR Center (Veteran Academic Ladder for Opportunity and Resiliency) located at our Pleasant Hill campus.

The VALOR Center is a centralized point for the coordination of services that focus on four key areas: 1) easing veterans’ transition to campus life, 2) increasing retention, 3) improving achievement of educational and career goals, and 4) providing a higher quality of life through the coupling of pre-existing services and support with newly-created programming specifically developed to meet the needs of veteran students.

As part of this project, John F. Kennedy University has established a VALOR student support team to facilitate the development and implementation of the Center and its services. The Center serves as a one-stop referral center to provide guidance and assistance in directing veterans to the additional services they need. Funding from the grant also facilitates a military peer-to-peer mentoring programming that assists with retention and academic achievement. As a result of the Center, JFK University anticipates an increase in graduation rates for veterans, higher job placement, lower unemployment, and higher retention rates.

In addition, the VALOR center provides several opportunities for veterans in the community and those who serve the veteran population to come together to share resources and knowledge.

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East Bay Veteran's Town Hall

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From tradition to trailblazer, this season of East Bay Town Hall Meetings at John F. Kennedy University’s VALOR Center will continue transforming this regional forum into a candid cultural event for veterans and non-veterans alike, with the mix of populations being precisely the secret sauce. Convening on the first Wednesday of every month, each meeting will continue providing valuable time and space for community conversation and networking. Each event will also commence with a different guest speaker presenting on topics pertinent not only to the veteran community, but to humans in general, generating a sense of focus and vital shared inquiry. “We have some big stuff going on that’s impacting the way humanity is experiencing the world,” explains VALOR Coordinator Noelle Morra. “These are cultural issues for everyone and they also exist in the military.” Covering a range of subjects, from LGBTQ topics to yoga to addiction, the Town Hall Meetings serve not only as a vital educational and communicative resource, but also as a cultural switchboard establishing mutually lucrative relations between veterans and their colleagues, teachers, supervisors, family members, and friends, as well as members of the entire East Bay community. If that includes you, see you there!

East Bay Veteran's Town Hall

John F Kennedy University

From tradition to trailblazer, this season of East Bay Town Hall Meetings at John F. Kennedy University’s VALOR Center will continue transforming this regional forum into a candid cultural event for veterans and non-veterans alike, with the mix of populations being precisely the secret sauce. Convening on the first Wednesday of every month, each meeting will continue providing valuable time and space for community conversation and networking. Each event will also commence with a different guest speaker presenting on topics pertinent not only to the veteran community, but to humans in general, generating a sense of focus and vital shared inquiry. “We have some big stuff going on that’s impacting the way humanity is experiencing the world,” explains VALOR Coordinator Noelle Morra. “These are cultural issues for everyone and they also exist in the military.” Covering a range of subjects, from LGBTQ topics to yoga to addiction, the Town Hall Meetings serve not only as a vital educational and communicative resource, but also as a cultural switchboard establishing mutually lucrative relations between veterans and their colleagues, teachers, supervisors, family members, and friends, as well as members of the entire East Bay community. If that includes you, see you there!

East Bay Veteran's Town Hall

John F Kennedy University

From tradition to trailblazer, this season of East Bay Town Hall Meetings at John F. Kennedy University’s VALOR Center will continue transforming this regional forum into a candid cultural event for veterans and non-veterans alike, with the mix of populations being precisely the secret sauce. Convening on the first Wednesday of every month, each meeting will continue providing valuable time and space for community conversation and networking. Each event will also commence with a different guest speaker presenting on topics pertinent not only to the veteran community, but to humans in general, generating a sense of focus and vital shared inquiry. “We have some big stuff going on that’s impacting the way humanity is experiencing the world,” explains VALOR Coordinator Noelle Morra. “These are cultural issues for everyone and they also exist in the military.” Covering a range of subjects, from LGBTQ topics to yoga to addiction, the Town Hall Meetings serve not only as a vital educational and communicative resource, but also as a cultural switchboard establishing mutually lucrative relations between veterans and their colleagues, teachers, supervisors, family members, and friends, as well as members of the entire East Bay community. If that includes you, see you there!

East Bay Veteran's Town Hall

John F Kennedy University

From tradition to trailblazer, this season of East Bay Town Hall Meetings at John F. Kennedy University’s VALOR Center will continue transforming this regional forum into a candid cultural event for veterans and non-veterans alike, with the mix of populations being precisely the secret sauce. Convening on the first Wednesday of every month, each meeting will continue providing valuable time and space for community conversation and networking. Each event will also commence with a different guest speaker presenting on topics pertinent not only to the veteran community, but to humans in general, generating a sense of focus and vital shared inquiry. “We have some big stuff going on that’s impacting the way humanity is experiencing the world,” explains VALOR Coordinator Noelle Morra. “These are cultural issues for everyone and they also exist in the military.” Covering a range of subjects, from LGBTQ topics to yoga to addiction, the Town Hall Meetings serve not only as a vital educational and communicative resource, but also as a cultural switchboard establishing mutually lucrative relations between veterans and their colleagues, teachers, supervisors, family members, and friends, as well as members of the entire East Bay community. If that includes you, see you there!

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East Bay Veteran's Town Hall

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