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Support for Veteran Students Returning to College Increasing

Veterans returning to college face a heavy set of challenges as compared to their civilian classmates. Government funded programs help veterans attend college at little or no cost but the implications of post-battle stress creates a difficult transition for many students. To ease the pressure many organizations across the country are creating programs geared toward supporting veteran college students.

Concentration is hard to come by for veteran students adjusting to an extreme change of pace. When listening to students complain about school work or a lack of sleep, veterans may have other problems on their minds. “I’d revert back to thinking about guys getting blown up, getting shot at, “ Michael Dakduk told USA Today about his challenges in the classroom. Dakduk enrolled at the University of Nevada in 2008 upon his return home from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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More College Graduates Go Non-Profit

A noticeable trend in the workforce is developing, as college graduates gravitate towards non-profit work. The economic recession has limited corporate job openings, pushing degree holding young people into lesser paying positions. While the cause of this push is economically based, the reward of non-profit work is proving its worth to recent college grads.

Graduates who finished college prior to the current recession were more likely to work for large corporations, where it is estimated they will make 22 percent more money than those in non-profits. When jobs in the private sector became less available, grads began searching elsewhere. It is now estimated that college graduates working in non-profits have risen over 11 percent, and 16 percent for government positions.

Non-profit organizations are benefiting greatly from this trend. Graduates with business degrees began applying, sometimes hundreds at a time, for a single position. Applications for AmeriCorps and Teach for America have surged in the last two years. Organizations advocating for children, social justice, education, healthcare, etc., are now receiving an overwhelming amount of applications from America’s college graduates.

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