By Amanda Miller
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College was recently named a military friendly school by Victory Media Inc. for its programs and support of veterans attempting to make the transition into civilian life.
Victory Media Inc. is a company that provides connections to those leaving the military, giving individuals resources for employment and education opportunities.
Camden County College Veterans Service Center works to help students who are veterans to use their service benefits to build careers. The center is in Room 202A of the Otto R. Mauke Community Center on the Blackwood campus.
The center works with veterans on their paperwork, such as applications and certifications for education benefits, which include the G.I. Bill, Selected Reserves, and Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance. The center also provides access to a licensed social worker on campus and includes referrals to the Camden County Department of Veterans Affairs.
For many leaving the military, creating a new civilian life can be arduous.
Mark Oswald, a student at Camden County College who served in the Army from 1991 to 1999 and from 2006 to 2010, says the reenrollment process took him about two weeks. Oswald, who is studying Web design development, states he feels more “balanced” now and prior to attending Camden County College, his transition to civilian life was “difficult.” Oswald is projected to graduate from Camden County College in 2017 and intends on attending Rutgers University for his bachelor’s degree.
Michael Boesz, a Camden County College alumnus and Rutgers University student, served in the Army from 2000 to 2008. He began attending Camden County College in 2001 but after 9/11 was given orders and pulled out of classes. Boesz came back to Camden County College in the fall of 2012 and graduated with degrees in human services and psychology in the summer of 2014. Boesz is a work study student and assistant to veterans services adviser Zadia Nogue, to whom he attributes the center’s success.