Veterans Symposium focused on path from education to career

vet_symposium_400Helping veterans successfully bridge the gap between service and employment will be the subject of the CSU’s second biennial Veterans Symposium, set for Oct. 24-25 at the Lory Student Center.

The gathering of veterans, employers, educators and community members is titled “Transitioning from Higher Education to Career” and features a keynote address from Teresa W. Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment, U.S. Department of Labor. The agenda also features 20 breakout sessions focused on issues employment issues facing veterans.

“This symposium is an example of CSU taking the lead in unique programming and opportunities for veterans transitioning from military service to careers,” said Maggie Walsh, assistant chief of staff and director of veteran initiatives at CSU. “The opportunity for student-veterans, career experts and employers to spend two days together, learning from each other and making connections, is invaluable.”

Keynote speakers

Gerton, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, has spent the past 28 years serving both as an active duty Army officer and as an advocate for veterans and civilian and military Department of Defense employees. Her keynote is set for 12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

A second keynote will be presented at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 by Jared Lyon, president of Student Veterans of America. Lyon is a U.S. Navy veteran who earned a degree from Florida State following multiple deployments around the world.

Registration for the Veterans Symposium is open and strongly encouraged. Tickets are $10 for all students and CSU faculty and staff, and $50 for the general public. Meals are included.

state.your.purposeDonors help ease burden for student-veterans and their families. Read more about the Anschutz Veteran Spouse Scholarship and how you can help support this and other programs for student-veterans at CSU through the State Your Purpose campaign.