A Professional Development Conference for Veterans
Optional one-on-one career counseling for veterans: TBD
Location: Registration begins 8:30 in the View Café.
The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for active duty military personnel, veterans, and those wishing to employ them. We aim to connect veterans, active military students and employers with leading experts to discuss the challenges and successes of getting our veterans back to work.
Sponsored by The Robert H. Spitz Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the Veterans Conference at Penn State Scranton is open to veterans, active duty military, employers, businesses, organizations, and those who serve veterans throughout our community.
Eugene McFeely, Senior Director for Veterans Affairs & Services at Penn State University Park will be the keynote speaker for this year’s conference.
McFeely provides overall leadership in the development, planning, execution and coordination of services and programs that optimize and meet the needs of Penn State’s community of veteran students.
Workshops for Veterans
We want to ensure that our veterans are set up to succeed in whatever path they choose once they return from service. The Veterans Conference at Penn State Scranton will enhance the veterans’ ability to successfully navigate life after the military.
- career education workshops
- leadership development
- translating military experience and documentation into civilian vernacular
- resume and cover letter writing workshops
- preparing for a job search
- interview techniques
- salary negotiation
- networking skills
One-on-one appointments will be available between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. with Penn State University career counselors. And veterans considering college can sit down with an Admissions representative to learn how to navigate the college search and application process.
Price for veterans: no cost
Through the generosity of the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, Penn State Scranton can offer this professional development conference to our veterans at no cost to them.
Workshops for Employers
The Veterans Conference at Penn State Scranton assists employers in understanding the needs of veterans, identifying ways to support them, and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for current and future veteran employees.
Learn the basics of military structure, culture, and jargon
- Gain insights into the military to college transition issues faced by veterans
- Understand the key GI Bill educational program concepts and procedures
- Become familiar with the services available to military-connected students at UMSL
- Recognize ways to make your services, programs, and interactions more military-friendly
Includes Green Zone Training
Green Zone training is for individuals that wish to learn more about issues and concerns faced by military affiliated individuals and want to work towards creating a welcoming climate within their organization. Facilitator: Eugene McFeely, Senior Director for Veterans Affairs & Services at Penn State University Park.
Conference price for employers: $20 per person.