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Military Transition Program to Receive Distinguished Program Award

Incoming MTP students talk at a panel during Welcome Week 2017
Incoming MTP students talk amongst themselves during a panel for Welcome Week 2017

October 2, 2017

The Military Transition Program (MTP), a two-term transition program offered to military service men and women, will receive the Distinguished Program Award at the Association for Continuing Higher Education Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, on October 24.

Revamped over the past few years, The MTP has offered select students who do not meet the requirements of their desired Drexel program a second chance option for enrollment. In the MTP, students receive support in establishing a path of success through a clear plan of study, strategies for adjusting to academic life at Drexel and collaboration with advising teams in the student’s desired major. After two terms in the MTP, students matriculate into a degree program at Drexel.

Before the MTP was established, veteran students who did not meet program requirements were unable to attend the University and were left with the options of attending a different school or applying again for a future term; the MTP provides a quicker pathway for veteran students to earn their degree, maximizing their ability to use benefits from the GI Bill. As of the ’16-’17 academic year, the program is now able to grant students full-time status, allowing them to apply for financial aid to supplement their Yellow Ribbon benefits. Since its inception, more than 60 veteran students have been given the opportunity to attend Drexel through the program.

"[Degree Completion Program Director] Lamont Wilson, [Senior Academic Advisor] John Rans and [Academic Advisor] Amy Gulyas have put their all into this program, transforming the MTP from a simple “last chance” option into a full-fledged program with a thriving community, extracurricular activities, and exceptional support for our veteran students," said Tim Gilrain, Assistant Dean for Goodwin College of Professional Studies.