What Do I Want To Be?

What do I want to be when I grow up?

Chances are you have asked yourself this very question. I know I did after I retired from active duty. The difference is most people ask themselves this as children and in high school. We as veterans ask ourselves this after serving our country at a later time in life. Some of us in our early 20’s and others in our 40’s. The most common responses I have heard from veterans when asked this question is I do not know, I am not sure, or they give a list of several possibilities.

This is where STRIPES-Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) can come into play. All of us here at STRIPES-VUB have been in this very situation. We have gone through the transition from military life to civilian student life. We are subject matter experts in the pre-enrollment phase of college assisting hundreds of veterans walk the path. Don’t bang your head against the wall trying to find the right school and the right degree plan that fit you. We have don’t that leg work for you and can assist in guiding you with your decision.

Student Study and Academic Resources

The start of the Fall semester is days away. Do you have a plan for learning? Learning in higher education requires focus and motivation to practice and study outside of the classroom. Students no matter your age, who expect to only attend class and pass all courses have a significantly lower success rate for degree completion. As adults is can be a challenge to find study groups or make time to be on campus. That doesn’t mean you are left to bang your head alone trying to learn new material. Read on for several free or low cost online websites and smartphone apps.

Night Vision – Student Vet Night

Night Vision will be on the UCO campus in room 204 in the College of Education Building from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. 

Are you considering the transition to college life as an adult?

This night is for you.

Are you ready to start the application and enrollment process?

This night is for you.

Are you an existing student rolling along in classes?

This night is for you.

Are you struggling this semester and unsure about enrolling next semester?

This night is for you.

STRIPES-VUB announces Night Vision for student veterans. This is an ongoing Thursday night weekly event for student veterans of any school and at any stage in the process to meet together for a short adult student vet focused program and vet-to-vet networking. Light dinner is provided and attendees get an opportunity to vote on the program topic for the following week.

Completing a degree anywhere requires focus and having a clear vision of what you want in life. Our goal is to make Night Vision the place to go to help refocus on your target.

If you are an active STRIPES-VUB participant, this event is stipend eligible. Each Night Vision that you attend is equal to 1 credit. Earn 4 credits and you can request a $40 stipend.

Often times our significant others are critical to achieving our long term goal and keeping our vision of the future in focus. As a part of your support system they are welcome to join us.

If childcare is an issue, please contact us by email or phone to RSVP a spot for your child at least 48 hours before the event. We can arrange an activity table and one of our student workers to be available for oversight.

To make sure we have enough food, please RSVP by calling 405-974-3686 or via email at STRIPES-VUB@uco.edu 

OESC Veteran Services Job Club Announcement

As an adult student flexible employment is sometimes a necessity. If you find yourself needing employment as a student, consider the monthly OESC Job Club event. Hosted by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Veteran office, the monthly Job Club assists US Veterans with finding employment, full and part time positions.The next Job Club is Thursday July 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Regional Training Institute Education Center, Room #103, 6500 North Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. The Job Club provides job seekers with an opportunity to network with employers for job hunting tips and employment opportunities. Please come dressed for success with resume in hand and ready to interview! Open to Transitioning Service Members, Oklahoma National Guard, Veterans, and Spouses.
If the monthly Job Club does not fit with your schedule, they have offices across the state with Veterans’ Employment Representatives ready to assist with employment services. You can contact their offices to set up an appointment.

Are You On Radio Silence?

Remember the days of radio discipline and communications? You may not be carrying around a radio as a student, but are you operating on radio silence as a student?  Are you just receiving? Does the person transmitting know you “copy that”?

J.O.B. Employment as an Adult Student

Returning to school as an adult student often creates unforeseen budget and time management hardships. The first semester of an academic program can be full of obstacles that have nothing to do with your intelligence or academic abilities. To balance your new academic demands and still meet your financial demands, you may find yourself in the J.O.B (Just Over Broke) hunt to get you and your family by.

Time for Project… Summer Vacation

With the Spring semester finished and the start of summer vacation season upon us take some time to reward all your hard work while on break. Here are a few resources to help you save a few bucks while having fun. Theme Parks, National Parks, concerts or sporting events, even local to Oklahoma read on for Summer Vacation discounts and programs.

Troops to Teachers Jump School

Are you considering a teaching career in the Pre-K – 12th grade levels? Check out the Troops to Teachers program at Oklahoma Troops to Teachers. This program provides military connected service members with resources to receive teaching credentials both in a traditional and alternate certification path. The program has some resources for military connected spouses considering a career in Pre-K to 12 education as well.

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A Guide to College Placement Tests

Part of your admission and enrollment into coursework as an adult student will likely include a few college placement tests. Creating a plan to prepare for these tests will take a little time and effort on your part. You may feel like a horse wondering the desert looking for the elusive spring of knowledge and have forgotten where to find the source. Your STRIPES-VUB staff is here to help.

Cyber Security Pilot Program Deadline to apply April 22, 2019!

Oklahoma City Community College was selected to host an amazing program for individuals interested in the Cyber Security field. Scholar applications for participants are being accepted until April 22nd, 2019. Don’t delay in starting your application, the program requires an extensive application packet and offers great benefits such as full tuition and an annual stipend if selected. Check out this link for more details. http://www.occc.edu/bit/cybercorps.html You can also contact Mr. John Claybon at jclaybon@occc.edu or 405-682-7888.