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Veterans are uniquely equipped with the skills to meet the needs of employers and to excel in colleges and universities. CAEL works with its partners to maximize opportunities for veterans and active duty servicemembers, both in the workforce and in higher education.


Academic and Career Success for Veterans

We help you better serve the education and employment needs of veterans.

CAEL provides technical assistance and a strategic planning framework to establish priorities and improve services to veterans.

We build professional networks of higher education professionals to promote best practices and build a collective voice on policy issues. We also leverage veterans services to enhance overall institutional success.

Our workshops increase faculty awareness of student veterans’ unique contributions to the classroom as well as potential challenges. Faculty gain practical tips on how to help military-connected students succeed in the classroom. We provide training directly to faculty and through train-the-trainer approaches equip faculty-led teams to deliver training to faculty at their institutions. We also train career and academic advisors on recognition of military learning for college credit and translation of military skills, addressing student veteran needs and leveraging their strengths as they choose academic and career pathways.

CAEL drives collaboration among employers who want to support veterans. We help build employer networks and facilitate their meetings to share strategies and best practices for recruiting, onboarding and retaining veterans in the workplace. In addition, we create career pathway initiatives with higher education and employer partners that leverage military experience and training in high-demand sectors, such as health care and STEM-related fields.

CAEL helps colleges and universities assess military learning for college credit, helping students complete their programs more quickly and at a lower cost. We also train student veterans on how to advocate for recognition of how their military experience can be used to earn credit. CAEL consults with states, systems and institutions on military PLA policies and practices.



Spotlight: Veterans Healthcare Pathways

The Veterans Healthcare Career Pathways initiative (VHCP) is one example of how we help veterans. VHCP connects Chicago-area veterans with military healthcare experience to the education they need for careers in civilian healthcare. This website guides veterans to education and career opportunities in the burgeoning healthcare sector. It also serves as a link to the VHCP Navigational Specialists, who can offer personalized guidance to veterans who have questions about their educational path. The VHCP leads a network of regional healthcare education providers to promote best practices and innovation in serving veterans pursuing healthcare careers. We also offer Returning to Learning Workshops for servicemembers and reservists as well as informal employer and college networking sessions for veterans interested in healthcare.