SNU Receives Boeing Foundation Grant for Veterans and Families Program

(Bethany, OK) Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is pleased to announce the receipt of $50,000 in grant funding from the Boeing Foundation for the establishment of the Veterans and Families Career Advancement and Professional Support (CAPS) Program. Beginning in October, 2018, the program will assist veterans and their spouses in successfully transitioning from military service separation through academic study and into professional-level employment in their communities.

 The CAPS program will focus on veterans who are currently unemployed or underemployed in their first post-separation job position and seeking opportunities for career advancement in professional employment. The program will also serve spouses of veterans seeking to enhance their employment opportunities.

 Through locations on the SNU Bethany and Tulsa, Oklahoma campuses, the CAPS program will serve veterans in Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro area communities including Del City (Tinker Air Force Base), Shawnee, Muskogee, Bartlesville, and Tahlequah.

 The CAPS program will use a three-pronged approach: to assist veterans to pursue the academic course of study and educational degree required for their desired employment; to secure suitable professional-level employment; and to access needed community support services for themselves and their families. CAPS services will include academic assessment, educational planning, career assessment and advising, and community resources referrals. SNU will be partnering with key organizations serving veterans in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa communities to connect veterans and their families to important community support services.

 According to the US Census, over a third of the veterans living in this focus area are in their early to mid-career years with many having no 4-year college degree, limiting their opportunity for professional career employment and advancement, particularly in STEM and high-tech jobs currently available in Oklahoma.

Dr. Brint Montgomery, Director of the SNU Veterans Educational Transition Success (VETS) Center, will serve as project director.  Program services will be supported by the SNU VETS Center and personnel from Southern Nazarene University.

 Funding for this grant is part of the Boeing Company’s 2018 $100 million pledge to invest in local communities to improve STEM education, enrich local communities, and offer transition and health services for veterans and their families.

 "SNU deeply appreciates the investment of the Boeing Corporation in our veterans and their families.  We look forward to continuing to service the educational needs of this important constituency and are grateful for the confidence this grant represents and the men and women whom it will benefit," said President Keith Newman.

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Bethany, Oklahoma and serving students in Tulsa as well as other locations throughout the state. SNU offers courses for both traditional students and working adults, including multiple master’s degree programs.

 For more information about the CAPS Program or the SNU Veterans Center, contact Cadron Davis, VETS Community Affairs Coordinator, 405-491-6317. For more information on Southern Nazarene University, visit www.snu.edu  or call 1-800-648-9899.