Educational Testing Service

May 25, 2011 14:28 ET

Certificate Program for Veterans' Service Providers, Hosted by Operation College Promise (OCP) and Texas State University, Begins Today

More Than 25 Colleges and Universities Attend

SAN MARCOS, TX--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - A group of nearly 100 veterans' service professionals from a variety of agencies and states arrived today at the San Marcos Embassy Suites Conference Center for the first Certificate for Veterans' Service Providers (CVSP) program held in Texas. The program is sponsored by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

"We are pleased to welcome the participants and presenters to San Marcos and this dynamic program," says Kurt Landgraf, ETS President and CEO. "Schools across the state continue to witness unprecedented growth in their student veteran population and the CVSP program will help ensure that professionals are ready to meet their needs."

Participants will spend 3 days at the workshop with some of the nation's most prominent experts exploring subject matters such as: Military Culture, The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Transfer of Military Experience and Credit, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The Keynote Address will feature Joe Brown, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Harker Heights, a veteran and former NFL player who started the Fort Hood area's first organized adaptive sports program for disabled veterans and civilians.

"It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to contribute to this unique program. Following my recovery, education was intrinsic to my ability to forge a new course as a civilian," said Mr. Brown. "The sweeping changes of the Post-9/11 GI Bill will ensure a steady growth in student veteran enrollment and offering those that work with veterans this opportunity will both enhance their understanding of the veteran population as well as their ability to best support them in their academic endeavors."

One of the unique features of the CVSP project is the inclusion of a strong military component. The Military Culture and Student Veterans modules, seek to demystify the experience of serving by promoting a better civilian understanding of the "Who, What, Where and Why" of military service. On Thursday, May 26, 2011 the group will tour the Texas National Guard's Camp Mabry in Austin as part of their fieldwork component.

"I think it is extremely important that individuals understand the culture and sacrifice of the military in our country," added Dr. Stephen Springer, LPC, CPM, and Program Chair and Associate Professor in Occupational Education at Texas State University - San Marcos. "Those who provide service and guidance to the military community should be in the forefront of educating the entire country on the daily thoughts, actions and concerns that the service members experience. Although we cannot walk in the shoes of the various branches of the service, we can appreciate the dedication, expertise and selfless service they provide. This program will help professionals do just that."

The CVSP research-driven agenda is modeled on a set of eight modules designed to assist professionals supporting veteran clients. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary resources available for veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts. Participants seeking the Certificate, limited to 65 registrants, will gain hands-on experience in utilizing the skills discussed during the 2 1/2 day training.

"The CVSP program is designed to give professionals the essential framework to construct environments for veteran success either on campus or at any location veterans are being served," added Wendy A. Lang, OCP Director. "Our mission, this week, is to provide these committed professionals with a comprehensive training that will optimize their ability to support the transitional objectives of our nation's veterans and service members."

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