CVSP Training Program

The signature Certificate for Veterans' Service Providers (CVSP) program is the only nationally disseminated certificate program designed specifically for higher education professionals. To date, over 650 professionals from 40 states, representing more than 100,000 military-affiliated students have been certified.

The CVSP training has been offered at ten different locations including Stockton University (Pomona, NJ), Ramapo College of New Jersey (Lyndhurst, NJ), Texas State University (San Marcos, TX), the University of North Carolina (Charlotte, NC), Texas A&M (San Antonio, TX), Ashford University (San Diego, CA), CareerTech for Vets (Oklahoma City, OK), the Association of Independent State Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (Providence, RI), Armstrong State University (Savannah) and University of Maryland University College.

The rigorous, two and a half days curriculum includes seven modules taught by a cross-section of thought leaders in the field of military education, including: the American Council on Education (ACE); the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU); as well as representatives from the Chairman's Office on Reintegration (CORe), Soldier for Life, and many others. Each presentation is tailored to meet the specific needs of the hosting agency and includes a tour with an "insiders look" at a local military installation.

Next CVSP Training Program:

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2017
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florham Park Campus

The Orangerie – Monninger Center
285 Madison Ave
Madison, NJ 07940

Cost: $550

Featuring Keynote Addresses by:

Rochelle Hendricks
NJ Secretary of Higher Education

Colonel Jack Jacobs
Medal of Honor Recipient and
NBC Military Analyst

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For more Information, contact Wendy Lang: (609) 777-5686, ext. 2227, or email:

Hotel Information
The Madison Hotel »
Ask for the OCP rate of $169/nite


Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 29

Time Event
1200 – 1300 Registration and Check-in / Light Lunch
1300 – 1320 Present the Colors
Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

National Anthem
Tanya Ang

Pledge of Allegiance
Maj. Benjamin Stoner, NJ Army National Guard
1320 – 1330 Welcome / Comments
Fairleigh Dickinson University – TBD
1330 – 1400 Keynote Speaker
Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education, Operation College Promise (OCP) Advisory Board
1400 – 1500 MODULE I
Soldier for Life and Military 101: A Primer on Military Culture
Presenter: Lt. Col. Keith Wilson - Soldier for Life Program, Director, Northeast US Europe, USARMY HQDA DCS G-1 (invited)
1500 – 1515 Refreshment break
1515 – 1630 MODULE II
What's New, What to Expect… an Update on The Status of the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Joseph W, Wescott II, Ed. D. (T) - Legislative Director, National Association of State Approving Agencies, Executive Director, North Carolina Approving Agency
  • Maj. Benjamin Stoner - Education Services Officer, New Jersey Army National Guard
  • Elaine Gargiulo – Program Coordinator, New Jersey City University/President, New Jersey Association of Veteran Program Administrators
  • Tanya Ang – SOC DNS Director, Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Moderator: Craig Smith, Director of Veterans Affairs, Thomas Edison University
1630 – 1700 Interactive Introduction Activity
Presenter: Martha Papson Garcia, Director of Veterans Services for Outreach, Office of the Veterans Services, Fairleigh Dickinson University
1800 – 2000 Welcome Reception
The Madison Hotel


Thursday, November 30

Time Event
0815 – 0900 Breakfast / Check-in
0900 – 1015 MODULE III
Serving My Country – A Student Veterans Panel
  • TBD
Moderator: Nelson Gonzalez – Employment Specialist of Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, Catholic Charities, Ready Vet Go, Army/Marine Veteran
1015 – 1115 MODULE IV
Invisible Injuries of Contemporary Warfare
Presenter: TBD
1130 Depart for Tour
1300 – 1500 Tour
Military Installation, New Jersey
1630 Return to Campus
Dinner on your own


Friday, December 1

Time Event
0845 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1000 MODULE V
It Takes a Village – Creating and Maintaining Effective Community Collaboration
  • Mike Boll, President - New Jersey Veterans Network and Captain, Operation Rebound
  • Joann Northgrave - Veterans Coordinator/SHIP Coordinator, County of Hudson
  • David Pearson, Outreach Coordinator - Supportive Services for Veteran Families at Catholic Charities
  • Ziad Andrew Shehady - Township Administrator of Springfield, New Jersey
Moderator: Martha Papson Garcia - Director of Veterans Services for Outreach, Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 – 1030 Featured Speaker
Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Keith Bryant, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion
1030 – 1045 Refreshment break
1045 – 1145 MODULE VI
Resources for Veterans in Transition
  • Charlie Elison - Program Coordinator, Travis Manion Foundation, Northeast Region
  • Marvin Cadet – Project Specialist, The Mission Continues
  • Terrell McCain, Rutgers/UBHC
  • Master Sgt. Adam Martinez (USA, Retired) - Director, Military Talent Programs, Miligistix
Moderator: TBD
1145 – 1230 Lunch
1230 – 1315 Featured Speaker
Randall "Smitty" Smith USAF (Ret), National Veterans’ Employment manager, U.S. Department Labor
1315 – 1430 The Telling Project Presentation
Presenter: Jonathan Wei, Founder/President, The Telling Project
1430 – 1445 Refreshment break
1445 – 1545 MODULE VII
Promising Practices in Veteran Support Services: On Campus
  • Phil Gore - Military Education Coordinator, Armstrong State University
  • Jason Babin - Director, Office of Military and Veteran Services, Stockton University
  • Lauren A. Runco - Director of Education and Employment, Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
  • Martha Papson Garcia - Director of Veterans Services for Outreach, Office of Veterans Services Fairleigh Dickinson University
Moderator: Tom O'Donnell – Founding Board Member, Operation College Promise
1545 – 1615 Closing Remarks
Col. Jack Jacobs (retired), Medal of Honor Recipient/MSNBC Military Analyst/Operation College Promise (OCP) Board Member
1615 – 1630 Refreshment break / Survey
1630 – 1700 Retire the Colors
Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

Presentation of Certificates