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Transition from active service to college and the workforce

XSeries Program in
Veteran Transition: Academic Excellence and Career Readiness

What you will learn

  • General and detailed information about colleges and universities.
  • Foundational academic and study skills for achieving academic success in college.
  • Strategies for more effective reading, writing, test preparation, and time management.
  • Practical tips and strategies for making a successful military-to-civilian career transition.
  • A framework for how to begin thinking about and exploring new career opportunities.

Note: All CVTI courses are free for everyone.

The Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) supports excellence and innovation in transition programming for current and former members of the armed forces.

As a service member in transition, you may face barriers reaching your potential in accessing higher education and beginning meaningful careers, despite the many effective programs offered to this population by the Department of Labor, Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program, and other programs offered by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. With this in mind, the CVTI is dedicated to creating free courses that will help to break down those barriers to your successful transition. Currently we are offering three courses to meet these demands, with more courses on the way. While these courses are created for veterans and active duty service members, they are free and available for all.

Attaining Higher Education is a course designed to facilitate the successful transition of active duty service members and veterans to postsecondary education, whether at a two- or four-year college for an associate's or bachelor's degree, or even graduate school.

University Studies for Student Veterans helps orient veterans to the norms and expectations of the college classroom, along with offering strategies to ease the transition, to help achieve academic goals, and to allow students to optimize their college education.

Find Your Calling: Transition Principles for Returning Veterans will focus on the development of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual character strengths as they relate to making a successful career transition from military service to the civilian workforce. The course content is meant to provide you with a framework for an iterative process of self-reflection and the development of practical skills that enables you to make career choices that better align with your values, ambitions, and continued service. Ultimately, this course helps you answer the question: What should I do next?

Expert instruction
3 high-quality courses
Progress at your own speed
6 months
2 - 3 hours per week
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. ColumbiaX's Veteran Transition: Academic Excellence and Career Readiness XSeries Program

  2. 3–5 hours per week, for 5 weeks

    Prepare to transition to college using intentional decision-making. Aimed at active duty service members and veterans, with this course you will learn about the college admission process, including financial aid, to help you choose a right-fit college.

  3. 2–3 hours per week, for 12 weeks

    This course helps veterans transition smoothly from military service to college, and helps them maximize their success once they arrive.

  4. 1–3 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    This course provides military veterans with a useful roadmap to transition more smoothly from military service to a new and meaningful civilian career.

Meet your instructors
from Columbia University (ColumbiaX)

Simon Sinek
Optimist, Motivational Speaker, NYT Best-Selling Author
Columbia University
William Deresiewicz
Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Essayist
Columbia University
Lindsey Pollak
Career and Workplace Expert, NYT Best-Selling Author
Columbia University
Nick Utzig
Ph.D. Student
Columbia University
Sheena Iyengar
World-Renowned Expert on Choice, S. T. Lee Professor of Business
Columbia University
Sebastian Junger
NYT Best-Selling Author, Documentary Filmmaker
Columbia University
Robin Stern
Associate Director of Partnerships for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Columbia University
Beth E. Morgan
Director of Higher Education Transition and Partnerships
Columbia University
Tanya Ang
Military-Connected Student Advocate
Columbia University
Skip Bailey
Senior Advisor to the Director of Educational Financing
Columbia University
Dirk Vanderlaan
Recruiting Specialist
Columbia University
R.J. Jenkins
Curriculum Designer
Columbia University
Sara Remedios
Associate Dean of Students
Columbia University
Josh Edwin
Senior Assistant Dean of Students
Columbia University
Michael Abrams
Founder, FourBlock; Marine Corps Veteran; Former Executive Director, Center for Veteran Transition and Integration
Columbia University
Tiffany Decker
Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Columbia University

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