The Veteran Friendly Transition Program results from years of work and study with Veterans, by Veterans and experts in the field of career development, employment, education, and training. Together, they have determined the career, education, and training approach best suited to help Veterans effectively transition to civilian life. From this work, it was learned that Veterans have a unique career, education, and training needs grouped into three areas: social, environmental, and support.
To address these needs, the CBBC Veteran Friendly Transition Program was born to empower our Veterans to continue to make a difference.
The principles that guided the establishment and continued conduct of the CBBC Veteran Friendly Transition Program are:
Veteran Centric: the Veteran is at the centre of all decisions.
Compassionate: the Veteran is treated with compassion and respect.
Support: the Veteran is provided with the necessary support services to succeed while at the College and in the program.
Partnerships: the College works with all partners to help the Veteran succeed.
The three components of the CBBC Veteran Friendly Transition Program
The first is focused on career and employment, where the program team works with the Veteran student and employers to determine the best career path for the Veteran and program of study.
Secondly, the program includes the full range of personal support services that Veterans might need to complete their education. Support services such as a full-time peer support coordinator who is available to work with Veteran students on any issues that might prevent their graduation.
Lastly, the curriculum includes awareness training on the possible sector of employment, the Government of Canada Veteran Benefits and Programs, and prepares the Veteran to enter the workforce successfully.
The Veteran will first work with a career and employment coach to determine a potential area of study and employment. The Veteran Career Employment Support program is based on an analysis of the Veteran’s education and training background, a determination of the Veteran’s marketable skills, an analysis of the labour market, and discussions with potential employers. This collaborative work will lead to a resolution of possible areas of study for the Veteran.
Veteran’s financial options and the personal support services that will be required to be in a place to assist the Veteran during the program of study will be determined.
A full suite of personal support services will be in place throughout the program of study to help ensure that the Veteran is successful. A full-time Veteran Personal Support Coordinator will be on location to provide ongoing peer support, as required, and to connect Veterans to personal support services that they might need. The program has established partnerships with local, provincial, and federal service organizations to help Veterans as issues might arise.
Veterans are encouraged to observe key dates by allowing them the time in the curriculum to commemorate them. A Veteran’s Student Council is in place to provide a voice to the Veteran and to raise concerns with faculty. Learning needs and potential physical disabilities are taken into consideration in classroom design and organization.
Campus scheduling is flexible, allowing Veteran students to meet the changes inherent in a transition from military to civilian life. A modularized curriculum allows Veteran students to take only the training needed. This thereby acknowledges training that may have been completed during service. The curriculum is supported by additional training throughout the area of study. This training includes awareness training on Government of Canada benefits and services available to Veterans; and presentations by sector employers. Nearer to the end of the curriculum, the program prepares the Veteran for the job enrollment process and the civilian workforce.
The CBBC Career College financial staff will work with Veteran-friendly Canadian lenders and the Veteran, to help secure funding to pay for the program, if needed. Find out more about student funding options.
The mission of the Veteran Friendly Transition Program is to create a Veteran friendly career and learning environment that provides the flexibility and support that Veteran students look for and need for them to succeed following their service to Canada.
Our vision is to provide a flexible and supportive Veteran friendly career and learning environment that will enable Veterans to find meaningful and gainful employment following their service to Canada.