Through the personal leadership of our university and college presidents, the Northeast Florida Military Veteran College Network (NFMVCN) was created to foster a collaboration to ensure we fully support our military students. The NFMVCN decreases the barriers that prevent veterans from attaining their college degree, by providing information & solutions for military students seeking education and career help.

This unique Network leverages the incredible value that veterans’ leadership, life experience and maturity bring to the educational environment on our campuses. If you’re Interested in an institution, reach out to their veteran and military affairs center. Below are a few institutions in Northeast Florida that have recourses for helping military students succeed in their education and build towards a career outside the military.

Northeast Florida Universities and Colleges

 

Jacksonville University 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.

They provide a full Veterans & Military resource center helping any and all veterans or military personnel with furthering their education. Their resource center is a combination of University resources, including Admissions, Advising, Registrar, Controller, Financial Aid, Career Services, and the Veterans Office. It also includes assistance from additional University resources including Campus Security, Counseling Center, Tutoring Center, Writing Center and Student Solutions Center.

 

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. 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. 

UoP is a strong supporter of its military students, they offer military tuition assistance, education options that fit a military life style, and veteran educational benefits. UoP can help you earn a degree or continue your education whether you want to enhance your role in the military or your civilian career. Their military representatives are positioned to help you discover programs that are relevant for your goals and desired position.

 

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. 

EWC took part in helping for the Northeast Florida Military Veterans college network, which aligns all military stakeholders in their region to work together on behalf of military veterans, active duty personnel and military families who seek to improve their education.

 

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. 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.

Coastal Law has 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. They  also offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, sponsors a Veteran’s Mentoring program, and has an active student-run Military Law Society that works to discuss the issues that affect the military today and to promote awareness of the relationship between Military Law, Civilian Law and International Law.

 

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.

Nova Southeastern University has been actively supporting service members and their families for more than 40 years. NSU is committed to assisting veterans in taking advantage of their educational benefits and providing them and their families with opportunities for educational and career growth. 

 

 

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.

St. Johns River State College is dedicated to meeting the needs of its military students. Whether you are currently serving in the active military, National Guard, or Reserves, or if you are a former member of any of the Armed Services, the O ce of Military Educational Opportunities is here. They provide providing education and training opportunities for military service personnel, their family members, and government employees, SJR State provides: college credit courses & advising services, evaluation of military training, and non-college credit courses & certificates.

 

 

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 by delivering tangible tools and services to optimize academic success leading to graduation and employment opportunity. 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 to have your military skills matched with civilian occupations that best fit you as well as education opportunities to extend your skills. These opportunities include learning from veterans with your same specialties, applying for jobs that match your skills, identifying civilian terminology for your resume, and identifying the hot career opportunities for you.

Additional Recources For Veterans To Further Their Education & Career Opportunities

There are many ways to earn academic credit, such as from your previous college coursework, prior work experience, and/or by testing out courses required for your major. For more information on ways you can earn academic credit please contact your school’s Veterans Affairs Department.

Veterans’ Administration Career Scope Assessment Portal

CareerScope allows you to take career and educational planning to a whole 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, ultimately helping you plan our your education & potential career path.

Use Joint Services Transcript (JST) To Access Your Military Service For College

To assist in assessing your military service for college credit, you should request a Joint Service Transcript (JST). 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. As well as serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising service members and veterans. JST serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy work experience to civilian employers. And most importantly JST saves time and money by awarding your academic credits, giving you 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 many other resources.

How To Get Your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET)

The VMET website is sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide eligible service members a VMET document (DD Form 2586) on demand. This document allows Veterans and service members to easily transition from the military. 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. ACAP even allows companies to list their job opportunities on their site to give you access to future careers. 

With this program the SFL-TAP counselors conduct individual counseling sessions, assist with job searching, and provide resume assistance. Seminars are conducted for resume preparation, interviewing training, and preparing for federal employment. Their Virtual Center allows visitors to access the resource library which contains transition information, resume materials, seminar slides and many other additional resources.

The Key to A Successful Career 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 financial help. There are multiple Career Centers located in Northeast Florida, click here to find one near you.

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