FSCJ’s Military and Veterans Service Center Fosters Academic Goals

FSCJ’s Military and Veterans Service Center Fosters Academic Goals

For 50 years, Florida State College at Jacksonville has supported the military and veterans on base, at the campuses and, at one time, on ships underway.

FSCJ’s reorganization in 2013 signified a new era with the inauguration of a Military and Veterans Service Center (MVSC). The Center supports and enhances various programs throughout the College that are designed to assist active duty military, veterans, guard and reserve and family members with all aspects of education, career re-entry and career development.

The Center is located in the historic Main Street Building (MSB) at 940 Main Street, and houses Military Program Specialists and Veterans Affairs Specialists. FSCJ participates in a Veterans Affairs program called VetSuccess on Campus. The program places experienced VA counselors on campus to assist veterans with counseling and referral services as they transition to college life and complete their education.

The VSOC counselors’ services include: assistance applying to their VA educational benefits, vocational exploration, medical/mental health referrals and coordinating with the college’s faculty/staff to ensure the veteran is successful in their pursuits. The Military and Veterans Service Center is a one-stop shop for information on events and services offered throughout the College. The Center has a lounge area equipped with a state-of-the-art computer lab where veteran students can work on school projects and research employment prospects. The lounge is a convenient place where veterans can hang out with their peers and relax.

Tutoring opportunities are also available, allowing students to participate in group study, peer tutoring or other tutoring possibilities. The dedicated staff is able to provide academic resources to active duty military, veterans and their family members. It is hoped that this will increase academic success leading to degrees, certifications, licensures and job placement in high-demand careers.