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Goodwin celebrates with Military Transition Program students at Drexel Homecoming

Veterans in Goodwin shirts

March 6, 2018

“The most rewarding aspect of working with the Military Transition Program (MTP) is getting to experience the strong sense of community that student veterans embody. They take care of one another and instinctively treat everyone with respect, which fosters this group dynamic and sense of belonging,” shares John Rans, a senior academic advisor for the Goodwin College Degree Completion Programs and instructor in the Military Transition Program. John recently joined MTP students, along with Goodwin faculty and staff at the Drexel men’s Homecoming basketball game.

The student activity was also an opportunity to celebrate MTP’s recognition as the Association for Continuing Higher Education's 2017 Distinguished Credit Program. More so, the evening honored MTP students for their service and welcomed them to the Drexel community.

Veterans posing by basketball court

Goodwin’s Military Transition Program, which is a branch of Degree Completion Programs, allows aspiring veterans to demonstrate their academic ability while taking courses that count towards the degree they will ultimately pursue. Program Director Lamont Wilson shares what makes Drexel’s MTP so outstanding, “Our military students are disciplined, dedicated to learning and benefit from the support of Goodwin Degree Completion advisors who collaborate with advisors from multiple degree programs. They provide these students with their specific expertise, guiding them through their transition from the military to undergraduate study.”

At the Homecoming game, MTP students enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their peers and advisors and cheer on the Dragons. “Inviting them to engage in an activity, outside of the classroom, was a way to get to know each other by relaxing and enjoying one of the co-curricular aspects of Drexel life,” Lamont adds.

Students sitting in suite at basketball game

For active and veteran military members thinking about joining Drexel, Amy Gulyas, an advisor in the MTP program notes, “First, research the majors and resources that Drexel offers. We provide a lot of support to students and it is important for prospective military students to figure out how their academic goals align with everything that Drexel offers.” Further emphasizing MTP’s commitment to student support, John adds, “ Do not doubt your abilities because you have already accomplished so much. There is a strong community here that will encourage you every step of the way.”