Our military education programs and student support systems have come a long way since the day Chapman University opened its first campus for nontraditional students on El Toro Marine Air Station in 1958. Today that single location has evolved into a system of over 25 Brandman University campuses as part of the Chapman University System. On America’s Independence Day we celebrate the success of all of our students and servicemen and women who pursue their educational dreams.
Our Story Starts With Our Military
Founded on providing alternative educational solutions that fit within the demanding schedules of military personnel, Brandman has been dedicated to enhancing its services to help others achieve success. Convenience and flexibility were embedded in our educational model since the beginning, which included making classes available directly on base.
We went from extending staff resources from Chapman’s main campus in Orange, California to having military certifying officials available at each campus, and then transitioned to the central support system that exists today to streamline communication and service. We are proud of our expansion over the years and are constantly looking for ways to further support our military students and their families.
One of our latest enhancements to the military support system comes in the form of helping veterans transition into civilian life. We understand that this can often be a major challenge after years of dedicated service, so Brandman University’s Career Services set out to provide opportunities for professional exploration and assistance with the job search process. We encourage all current students, military and civilian alike, to explore the internal My Brandman Career Services Website and find more information on:
- Military skills transition
- Resume development
- Military to civilian career guidance
- Exclusive job search tools
- Career opportunities with employers seeking veteran employees
Future students can learn more about additional support features available when they join our Brandman family. Explore more stories on the Brandman Blog to read stories of military members in our community like Daniel Mwangi, who leveraged his education to achieve his goals while serving the U.S. Army in aviation maintenance, and of course Bryan Fazio, the inspiration behind our scholarship to help veterans with special circumstances achieve their dreams.
It Continues By Supporting Student Leaders
We believe that creating a culture of support is important to our students’ academic experiences and personal development. Brandman is honored to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the nation. Through this relationship, we constantly collaborate to assess new opportunities for the university to grow while regularly assessing student satisfaction to introduce new solutions to address their needs.
To celebrate the success of our students and staff, let’s take a look at our progress over the past few years. Jennifer Haagen has revolutionized the process of how Brandman collects feedback from students and strategically implements new growth opportunities. She has pioneered the formation of our student resources department which most recognizably helped introduce student run organizations to Brandman. No formal student groups existed in 2011 and now membership is available for multiple organizations including the Brandman Business Society (Irvine Campus), Nursing Honor Society, and Social Work Student Association.
Although some are regional, all of our staff and students are here to promote growth in hopes of expanding specific chapters system-wide. The number of student organizations is also beginning to increase with others in the registration process including a Veterans Society in the Sacramento Valley area and Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society seeking national recognition. There has also been expressed interest in establishing a Psychology Club near the Ontario and Walnut Creek campuses. Benefits of participating in or starting an organization at Brandman include:
- Networking opportunities
- Industry relevant events
- Community service opportunities
- Learning opportunities from keynote speakers
- Leadership opportunities and more
Jennifer Haggen also dreams of big plans for the future. Her department is looking to send out a survey to students to assess their needs in the areas of health and wellness, stress management, campus safety and more to create programming and additional properties. She has taken an active role in generating excitement for building new student run organizations by visiting campuses to educate staff and students about opportunities to get involved and become leaders in their communities.
Future Fire Works
As a student-centric institution, these are just a few reasons to celebrate the progress Brandman has made to support its military community and current scholars while looking toward the future for bright and colorful inspiring ideas. With every new graduating class, comes a new generation of lifelong learners, and we are humbled to help our future leaders thrive.