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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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Veteran Couple Turn to Education for Next Career Launch

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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Celebrating Veterans Day at Brandman University

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

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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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

Brandman University Alumnus Mike Tassin Wins Innovation Award

By Margo Myers on Mar 25, 2014

With its strong foundation as a military friendly school, Brandman University is proud to share success stories of community members that positively impact the lives of military personnel and their families. Last May we highlighted alumnus Mike Tassin and his valuable contributions helping veterans find jobs by working with Operation: GoodJobs in Tacoma, Washington.

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Topics: Alumni, Military

One Stop Specialist Brad Bourdon Talks Financial Aid

By Anonymous on Feb 18, 2014

Brandman One Stop Specialist Brad Bourdon sat down with us to talk over four big financial aid questions. Financial aid can often be a point of confusion for many students and is an important part of attaining one's educational goals. In this video Brad walks through the financial aid process and what students should expect during the processing and disbursement of aid.

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Topics: Student Life, Military

Army Couple Takes on College Degrees

By Margo Myers on Jan 2, 2014

First and foremost, Chris and Lyn Armstrong want you to know they’re a team. Chris retired from the U.S. Army after serving 22 years, and his wife Lyn, is on active duty at Joint Base Lewis McChord, with more than 20 years served. Together, they’re not only raising four children, but they’re working towards college degrees at Brandman University. That moment when Armstrong decided to go for his Bachelor’s degree? “It was when I saw my 22 year old son, Jabb, graduate from college, and I realized I had to stop slacking,” he says. “It opened my eyes, and going to college was something I had always told my soldiers to do. I had to start walking the talk.”

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Topics: Student Life, Military

Navy Reservist Takes on New Challenge, Pursues Graduate Degree

By Margo Myers on Oct 8, 2013

25 year old Ryan Tomei has always set goals. From following in his grandfather’s footsteps and joining the Navy, to learning how to fly and getting his pilot’s license, Tomei’s determination has always led him on to the next goal. But he’s also learned the path to reaching those goals can take unexpected turns and lead to new challenges.

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Topics: Student Life, Military