Matt LaLonde (center), Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, greets students, faculty and staff who served on a panel for the college’s Veterans Day presentation in The Okun Theatre November 11.
There is good reason why SUNY Delhi has earned “military-friendly” status for a second consecutive year. The college continues to expand its initiatives to support student veterans.
“The G.I Bill is better than it’s ever been, so many veterans are taking advantage of it and going to college,” says Matt LaLonde, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs. “And we have many student veterans on the Delhi campus who receive VA educational entitlements, which is why it is so important that the college is prepared to offer the unique support veterans require.”
LaLonde fully understands the challenges as a veteran who served eight years in the Navy. That is why he is uniquely qualified to create programming and initiatives for SUNY Delhi that will enhance the student veteran experience on campus.
LaLonde is most proud of establishing a more robust web presence specialized for veterans. A one-stop shop of electronic resources, the site walks student veterans though the steps they need to take to apply for college. “From transcripts to financial aid, it breaks down the process for them,” says LaLonde.
Daniel Solomon served in the United States Army for 6 years. Daniel climbed up the ranks during his time of service and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Daniel graduated from Binghamton University in 2007 with a B.S in economics. After graduation, Daniel enlisted in the Army Reserves. Daniel’s path in the U.S Army Reserves was an exceptional one. After boot camp, he went through a plethora of training–eventually spending 47 weeks at the Defense Language Institute (D.L.I) learning Farsi.
After graduation from D.L.I, Daniel performed one tour of duty in Iraq. There, he led a small group of younger soldiers in an effort to enhance force protection and protect soldiers and civilians from terrorist threats. After one year, Daniel returned home to his family and continued his military training.
While overseas, Daniel’s thirst for knowledge grew strong. The foundation that Binghamton University helped Daniel build led to his acceptance into Columbia University, where he is currently enrolled in a dual major program to receive an MBA and a Masters of International Affairs.
Veteran’s Day is a holiday given to honor people who have served time in the armed services. Thousands of veterans are enrolled as students across the SUNY system and a variety of benefits, including financial assistance, encourage college enrollment for veterans to make it easier to pursue higher education.
In September, 36 SUNY Campuses were recognized as “military-friendly” by top-rated national military publication, G.I. Jobs Magazine. Chancellor Nancy Zimpher recognized the achievement by saying “SUNY is a leader in assisting military personnel in the transition to civilian life after their service to our country, and we take great pride in providing New York’s returning service men and women with higher education,” said Chancellor Zimpher.
Learn about some of the military benefits and opportunities available at SUNY schools following the jump.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis visited Monroe Community College’s Applied Technologies Center on Sept. 24 to highlight a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to a consortium of State University of New York community colleges, led by MCC.
The grant, issued as part of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, will allow a consortium of SUNY community colleges to design standardized curricula to directly address the needs of high-demand industries such as advanced manufacturing.
The consortium’s Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Educational Pathways Project would provide more than 3,000 of New York’s Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers and unemployed veterans with the training and education required to find high-quality, high-wage jobs within the advanced manufacturing sector.
Solis was hosted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and MCC President Anne M. Kress. Community leaders in business development and advanced manufacturing, as well as elected officials, took part in the visit. Continue reading