CSUSM received a $ 6 million grant to help student veterans

Entrance to California State University San Marcos. Photo by Chris Stone

A spokesman for the university said Thursday that the California State San Marcos program, which helps student veterans gain a sustainable career, has received $ 6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The VTEC grant from the Navy Research Office covers three years and doubles the university’s initial funding.

The grant is a reflection of VTEC’s success in “bringing in existing student workers to the profession and to the (Navy Research Office) program to expand the program to a wider country. CSSM Officials said in a statement.

“One of the great things about this gift is that we can help many student veterans use their skills listed earlier and use them in their academic pursuits and future careers,” said Dr. Paul. Tontz, Director of CSUSM Patriotic Services. “Another benefit of this funding is that it accurately demonstrates the role of Cal State San Marcos in helping student patriots and military-connected students prepare for a meaningful return to life.

The first $ 3 million donation, in 2018, will require VTEC to include at least 30 student veterans at any one time. The new funding, which began on August 1, will increase the number of internships to 50.

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