Through the personal leadership of our university and college presidents, the Northeast Florida Military Veteran College Network (NFMVCN) was created to foster collaboration to ensure we fully support our military students. The NFMVCN provides information to military students through an innovative website, decreases barriers that prevent veterans from attaining their college degree, shares best practices and continually seeks new and innovative initiatives that enhance the military student experience. This unique Network leverages the incredible value that veterans’ leadership, life experience and maturity bring to the educational environment on our campuses.

Interested in an institution? Reach out to their veteran and military affairs center:

Northeast Florida Universities and Colleges

 

Jacksonville University (JU) is one of our nation’s premier private universities. JU has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges in the South" for 10 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. Jacksonville University offers more than 70 majors, including degrees in business, marine science, mathematics, and nursing, as well as those in the more contemporary and specialized fields of aviation, music, film and animation, and sports management. The University is proud to be one of the most military friendly campuses in the United States.

 

 

University of Phoenix was founded upon the vision of making higher education more accessible for working professionals and those who have a full time commitment to work and family. With classes offered in the evenings, online, or on-campus, their convenient options make going back to school a real option for adults. UoP is here to help students reach their potential with services aimed at helping those transitioning from student to graduate. Students have access to an innovative learning platform, career services and wealth of educational resources such as a digital library, writing and math labs and university-wide academic social networks. University of Phoenix offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a variety of certificate programs so students can find the right fit for their personal and professional goals.

 

Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida's oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state's first institution established for the education of African Americans. The College is a small, private, Christian, Urban, Liberal Arts College that offers quality baccalaureate degree programs. EWC strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs and an environment which emphasizes high moral and spiritual value in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) has a unique skills based program that is student-centered. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, its programs are designed to advance students’ success in law school, on the bar exam, and in their careers. Named one of National Jurist magazine’s best law schools for providing students practical training in 2015 with a grade of A+, the school’s curriculum focuses on experiential education: the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with the leadership, management, and interpersonal skills that are necessary for career success. Its alumni network spans 49 states and several countries. Coastal Law received the 2015-2016 HEED award recipient for diversity in the classroom. Coastal Law has also been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School. Program highlights include, LSAT Prep (with an acceptance guarantee program), AAMPLE (an alternative acceptance program), traditional three year J.D., two year accelerated J.D., part-time day and evening J.D., and a new, Third Year at Home option.

 

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, non-profit higher education institution that offers a variety of programs and services. FSCJ has five campuses and six centers throughout Duval and Nassau counties including online classes globally accessed through Open Campus. FSCJ's Military and Veterans Service Center (MVSC) furnishes educational resources in an effort to further academic success, leading to a degree, certification or licensure and employment in a high-demand, high-wage career field. Coupled with professional respect, responsibility, and accountability, the MVSC is the principal advocate at Florida State College at Jacksonville for active military, veterans, and their family members ensuring their unique needs and challenges are met.

 

 

Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) campus in Jacksonville provides a personal touch to education. Nova's full-time staff provides many services to accommodate their students' educational needs. Whether it is compressed videoconferencing suites or computers, Jacksonville has it all. The Jacksonville Campus serves as a hub in the educational community and provides many resources to area associations.

 

 

St. Johns River State College (SJR State), founded in 1958, has built a solid reputation as a full-service college dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of its Northeast Florida district. With campuses in Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine, SJR State is truly the community’s college, enriching a diverse population of students ranging in age from 16 to 60.

 

 

The University of North Florida (UNF), conveniently situated in a military friendly community, is an excellent school for veterans seeking support during their college journey. Through innovative programming and services, the university’s Military and Veterans Resource Center is determined to successfully transition students from combat to college and into fulfilling careers. The resource center comprises passionate voices continuously advocating for more than a thousand active duty, veterans, reservists and military families.

 
 

 

Transfer Military Service experience to academic credit

Students who are or were eligible members of the United States Armed Forces may earn college credit based upon their military experiences, training and coursework acquired while in the military.

Translate Military Skills to Civilian Occupations
Visit Military.com's Employment Center, which takes your military skills and assists in finding equivalent civilian occupations, exploring education opportunities to extend your skills, learning from veterans with your specialty, applying for jobs that match your skills, identifying civilian terminology for your resume, and identifying the hot career options for your specialty.

Additional Information

There are additional ways to earn academic credit, such as from previous college coursework, prior work experience, and/or by testing out of courses required for your major. Contact your school’s VA department to find out more information.

Veterans’ Administration Career Scope Assessment Portal
CareerScope takes career and educational planning to a new level. The proven career assessment and reporting system from the Vocational Research Institute is a powerful, yet easy-to-use program. With more than 50 years of experience developing world-class assessment programs, VRI has designed a self-administered system that measures both aptitude and interest through valid and reliable assessment tasks.

Joint Services Transcript
You should request a Joint Service Transcript (JST) to assist in assessing your military service for college credit. JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations. It provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. It serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising service members and veterans. It serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy work experience to civilian employers. It also saves time and money by awarding academic credits, which means less tuition to pay and less time spent in the classroom. Visit their website for additional details.

The National Resource Directory (NRD)
NRD provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel, and other services and resources.

The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET)
VMET website is sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide eligible service members a VMET document (DD Form 2586) on demand. The VMET data is a portion of a member's career history, which comes from a large database built over the years with data received from the four service's official personnel and training systems. This VMET occupational and training history data is matched to time-appropriate narrative descriptions to generate the VMET document.

The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)
ACAP was created to assist Army personnel transitioning from military service to civilian careers. The majority of Army personnel retiring and/or leaving the military use this site. Companies can list their job opportunities on the ACAP website.

The Key to Career Success campaign
Career One Stop - connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training and job search resources available at local One-Stop Career Centers. It provides resources to match military experience to civilian occupations, find a job, get credentials, certifications and licenses, assistance in writing a resume and other assistance. There are multiple Career Centers in Northeast Florida.

Northeast Florida Military Installation and Commands Education Officers

Army, 832nd Transportation Battalion  
Battalion Commander LTC Benjamin Walters
Coast Guard  
Command Master Chief Tom Daniels
Education Service Officer Ozzie Vazquez
Florida National Guard  
Education Officer Major Butler Strain
Marine Corps Blount Island Command  
Senior Enlisted Advisor 1stSgt Fidel Chavez
Naval Air Station Jacksonville  
Education Officer Bridget Pogue
School Liaison Officer Dawn Mills
Naval Station Mayport  
School Liaison Officer Judith L. Cromartie
School Liaison Officer Sharon Kasica
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay  
School Liaison Officer Clainetta Jefferson
Navy Region Southeast  
Regional School Liaison Officer Dawn Kaunike
Family Readiness Program Director Hector Sepulveda

Institution Contacts

Edward Waters College  
Director for Career Services Antonio Starke
Director of Admissions Joel Walker
Registrar Marretta Latimer
Florida Coast School of Law  
Admissions Counselor Shellye Reteguiz
Florida State College at Jacksonville  
Director, Military Education Institute Herb Babin
Jacksonville University  
Commanding Officer, JU NROTC Captain Neil Karnes
Director of Aviation Captain (ret) Matt Tuohy
Student Veterans Coordinator Mike Mitchell
Keiser University  
Campus President Lisamarie Winslow
Nova Southeastern University  
Enrollment Student Services Geoffrey J. Wynn, MBA
St. Johns River State College  
Advisor Michael Fieber
Assistant Director of Financial Aid Shirley Eubanks
University of North Florida  
Director, Military and Veterans Resource Center Ray Wikstrom
University of Phoenix  
Military Community Manager Carmenza Jaramillo-Akers

Northeast Florida Veterans Service Officers

Clay County  
County Veterans Service Officer Rose Claridydavis
Duval County/ City of Jacksonville Military Affairs and Veterans Department  
Veteran Service Officer Supervisor/CVSO Rafael Santiago
Ken Johnson
Harrison Conyers
Nassau County  
County Veterans Service Officer John Martin
St. Johns County  
County Veterans Service Officer Joseph D. McDermott

Northeast Florida Veterans Education Support Organizations

VetSuccess Americorps  
Coordinator, Military Assistance Center Roy Fallon
Wounded Warrior Project  
TRACK Manager Chris Rick
Education Services Manager Jim Owen