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When Tech. Sgt. James Schols learned he would be getting the 2014 Military Scholarship from Career Step, the first person he knew he had to thank was his wife. The second person was his academic adviser at Brandman University.

“My counselor Carmen (Gonzalez) is awesome,” said Schols, an operations intelligence journeyman in the Oregon Air National Guard. Gonzalez steered Schols to a list of scholarship links on the Brandman website, wrote letters of recommendation and encouraged Schols to pursue his dream of getting a master’s degree from Brandman after he graduates this spring with a bachelor’s in legal studies.

Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and career training, established its military scholarship as a way to support education on a broader level and further give back to the military community. They’ll provide $2,000 toward his pursuit of an MBA.

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From Navy to civilian career: Graduate offers advice for job seekers

January 2015 marks an important milestone for Capt. Chris Phillips, who retires from the U.S. Navy after a 32-year career and has already landed a job in the civilian sector as the new city manager for Mukilteo, Wash.

“I knew what I wanted to do,” said Phillips. “Municipal government is much like my job managing the base at NAS Whidbey Island, so it’s worked out pretty well.”

Phillips took terminal leave from the Navy in August 2014 and landed the new job in September, but he started laying the groundwork much earlier for his transition from the military to a new career. He started networking months in advance, reaching out to others who had made a similar jump and asking for their advice.

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Brandman University named Top School by Military Advanced Education

Brandman University’s reputation for providing quality military and veteran education opportunities grew a notch this month with its Top School designation from the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities. The guide will be released in the December issue of Military Advanced Education and will be available mid-December online at www.maekmi.com

This year institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Prospective students will be able to evaluate the more than 600 private, public, for-profit, nonprofit, four-year and two-year colleges surveyed for the guide and quickly target schools that follow the best practices in military education.

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U.S. Army Veteran Has New Mission: Serving Students

Michael Brouillette has spent more than half his life serving this country in the U.S. Army. In fact, that service that came close to ending his life. In 1976, at just 20 years old, he was wounded when his squadron was ambushed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). He was awarded the Purple Heart, but even after being seriously wounded he was determined to stay in the Army.
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Grad Student Demonstrates Bravery and Determination, Both on and off the Battlefield

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 20, 2014

After he graduated from high school, Peter D'Andrea enrolled in a community college in his native New Jersey with the hope of eventually transferring to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). But, like so many others across the country, it didn’t work out and during the first semester, he dropped out. One recent study shows that over 90 percent of community college students stop at some point, and the longer those students pause their education, the less likely they are to earn a degree.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, School of Business & Professional Studies, Alumni, Military

Veteran Couple Turn to Education for Next Career Launch

By Margo Myers on Nov 14, 2014

Take two full careers in the U.S. Army, a stint in the National Guard, a return to the Army, 22 years of marriage, three children raised to adults, and add in a return to college for university degrees. It’s a recipe Terry Bradshaw and Cheryl Montgomery are using to successfully advance their post-military careers before they finally retire. “The good thing about school is that I went later in life,” said Bradshaw. “Once you get started with classes, you start putting goals together and I think to myself, ‘I can go for this, I can go for that.’ You start being more innovative and creative for yourself, more doors open up and you have more choices.”

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Topics: Career, Front Page, Student Life, Military

Celebrating Veterans Day at Brandman University

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 10, 2014

In celebration of Veterans Day, Brandman University launches online fundraising effort to benefit wounded & disabled veteran students. 

There are more than 22 million veterans in the U.S. according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as the nation rallies to salute those who have bravely served on this Veterans Day, Brandman University invites people to join a unique effort to support veterans who are overcoming obstacles to earn a college degree; today Brandman launched an online fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship. The non-profit institution created the scholarship fund last year to assist veterans who are wounded, disabled or facing other medical challenges such as cancer.

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Topics: Front Page, Military, Disability Services

Calling All Veterans: November is Veteran Appreciation Month at Brandman University! #ThankYouVets

By Joe Cockrell on Nov 4, 2014

Everybody knows that Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th each year, but Brandman University will be giving a special salute to the many students and alumni who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces throughout the entire month of November, as well as those brave students who are currently on active duty.

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Topics: Front Page, Military

Brandman DNP Graduate to Aid in Fight Against Ebola Epidemic

By Joe Cockrell on Oct 28, 2014

Maj. Jack Miller, DNP, has been drawn to caring for others ever since he was a Boy Scout growing up in his native Dumas, Texas. Today he is living out his dream by working with some of the top health care organizations in the world and sharing his talents to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Topics: Happenings, Military

Bryan Fazio Rewards Veterans with Scholarships

By Joe Cockrell on Oct 14, 2014

With Veterans Day less than a month away, Brandman University is honored to present the four recipients of the inaugural Bryan A. Fazio Scholarship. Fazio recently presented scholarship checks to two of the four winners from our valued military community. Join us in congratulating them as we highlight their amazing stories of challenges and triumph.

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Topics: Happenings, Military, Student Spotlight, Disability Services

Transitions: From Military To College Life

By David Jenkins on Sep 11, 2014

Military transitioning has become a real hot topic as of late. With our troops being pulled from Iraq and now the remainder being extracted from Afghanistan, we are soon to have the largest contingency of student veterans ever. Currently, the GI Bill is providing assistance to nearly 800,000 veterans and their family members, but this number is expected to increase to over 2 million in the next couple of years.

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Topics: Front Page, Military, Disability Services

Brandman Graduate Seeks to Improve Teen Progams in Local Community

By Margo Myers on Aug 12, 2014

As a mother of three children, Jennifer Marzocca knows the importance of a strong community, and the positive impact it can have on teenagers. The retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy is volunteering at the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club to help expand the programs it offers teenagers.

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Topics: Alumni, Military, Student Spotlight

Proud To Be A Humble Servant To Our Military And Future Leaders

By Lindsay Amanda on Jul 4, 2014

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.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Military

Military Student Shares His Inspiration with the World

By Margo Myers on Apr 22, 2014

Online education has completely transformed how students engage in learning and apply their newly acquired skills to their careers. Brandman University is proud to make education accessible to nontraditional students, including those with military commitments that need high levels of flexibility to fit their studies into extremely busy schedules.

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Topics: Student Life, School of Business & Professional Studies, Alumni, Military

Online Writing Community Helps Military Student Thrive

By Margaret Moodian on Apr 15, 2014

Online and blended academic programs provide students flexible options to fit course work into their busy schedules. At Brandman University our faculty and staff understand that when scholars need guidance their support services must be timely and offer many avenues for communication, which is why we created the Online Writing Community (OWC). As the Lead Professional Tutor for the service, I am proud to highlight an excellent writer and student who I have worked with over the past few sessions, Louis Espinal, and his experience with the OWC.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Military