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OHIO Veterans and Military Center to offer faculty/staff awareness training program

The Ohio University Veterans and Military Student Services Center faculty/staff awareness training program known as “Landing Zone” is being offered once again during the spring semester via Microsoft Teams.

The Landing Zone program has proven to be very valuable and more than 340 veteran advocates across OHIO’s campuses have already completed the training.  

The Landing Zone training was created to assist individuals who are committed to providing resources and aid to veteran students at Ohio University. The program seeks to provide its participants with an understanding of the unique challenges faced by veteran students, GI Bill implications on course selection, discussion of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) impacts on learning, and resources to assist this special student population.  

The training is four hours in duration, broken down into four one-hour blocks to facilitate college or departmental scheduling. Each training session builds upon each other. The sessions, named Zones, will run on Wednesdays during the lunch hour via Microsoft Teams. 

  • Zone 1: Military 101 — Looks at various military terms, rank structure, differences in military culture and academic culture, and dispels common myths about veterans.
  • Zone 2: OUr Veterans in Transition — Breaks out national veteran student characteristics, Ohio University veteran characteristics, Ohio University student veteran transition experiences, and highlights a veteran student panel question and answers session.
  • Zone 3: The GI Bill — Details the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) organizational structure, student veteran success programs, differentiating types of VA educational benefits, and VA regulation implications/challenges for students.
  • Zone 4: PTSD/TBI and Resources 4 Vets — Provides an understanding of PTSD and TBI effects on student veterans, discussion of potential signs, and how to assist student veterans with each. This session will also highlight internal and external resources available to veterans, provide web-based assistance, and answer any additional questions regarding student veterans still unanswered.

The program invites faculty and staff to show their support for veterans by attending these training sessions to help improve understanding of veteran students and enhance their educational experience.

Spring semester 2024 sessions are outlined below. If colleges, departments, or regional campuses would like to schedule specific training dates, please contact Ray Dixson in the Ohio University Veterans and Military Student Services Center at 740-566-VETS (8387).

All training times are noon to 1 p.m. It is recommended that participants take the training in order, but they can attend as available. Missed Zones can be taken at a later time.

  • Zone 1 – Feb. 21, 2024 MS Teams – 12-1 p.m.
  • Zone 2 – Feb. 28, 2024 MS Teams – 12-1 p.m.
  • Zone 3 – March 6, 2024 MS Teams – 12-1 p.m.
  • Zone 4 – March 20, 2024 MS Teams – 12-1 p.m.

Registration is required to receive the professional development pathway credit and the Microsoft Teams link. Faculty and staff can register for the classes at this website.

Faculty and staff will receive credit in the Ohio University Professional Development Pathways (PDP) program as part of the relationship building concentration.

January 26, 2024
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