Operation College Promise Is Supported In Part By New Jersey Association Of State Colleges & Universities
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, February 22 2014 @ 04:31 PM EST
It is with great pleasure to announce that Trokon Fiawoo has become part of the Trenton, NJ - Operation College Promise (OCP) team for The Mission Continues fellowship. He is the fifth fellow to serve with the program for a 6-month internship over the past 2 years. OCP became a designated host site for The Mission Continues in 2012. The St. Louis-based program, founded by former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, encourages veterans to develop leadership skills to build stronger communities through service and engagement.
“The Mission Continues Fellowship Program provides great opportunities that empower veterans facing reintegration challenges by serving their country through community service during their transition to civilian life. I am excited to be part of the OCP team that understands the needs of veterans aspiring to attain their higher education goals. Not only that, this opportunity will give me an avenue to support my fellow student veterans as they make their transition,” said Trokon Fiawoo, who is a graduate student at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
During his fellowship, Trokon will assist OCP through outreach to the veterans’ community, research on student veterans’ progress towards degree attainment, as well as collaborating with other fellows in the tri-state area to coordinate service projects that make an impact on local communities. Trokon will also participate in presentations and panel discussions at OCP’s Certificate for Veterans’ Service Providers (CVSP) programs.
Trokon is a member and supporter of the Rutgers Camden African Student Association (ASA) organization, a Board Chairman and Music Director of a local Trenton, NJ church. He loves to sing and design clothes.
“We are extremely pleased that Trokon chose OCP for his fellowship. His first-hand knowledge of the obstacles that can impede a veteran’s ability to successfully transition will be a tremendous asset as we continue to strive to educate both veterans and service providers on the programs and services that can optimize the ability of our student veterans to have a smooth reintegration meet their higher education objectives,” added the Director of OCP, Wendy A. Lang.
About Operation College Promise (OCP): Operation College Promise (OCP) is a national policy, research and education program based in Trenton, New Jersey, which supports the transition and postsecondary advancement of our nation's veterans. The Program’s mission is to support student veterans “To, Through and Beyond” the attainment of their higher education objectives. Founded in 2008 as a web-based resource, the project was initiated by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) to centralize transition information for servicemembers on a comprehensive website. Today, the program has reached more than 300 institutions in 25 states through its signature training – the Certificate for Veterans’ Service Providers (CVSP) program and is a national leader in research efforts on student veterans’ progress toward degree and employment, as well as in the development of innovative degree plans for military students. For more information, please visit: www.OperationCollegePromise.com.
About The Mission Continues: The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 veterans successfully transition to post-military careers by reconnecting to their communities and their sense of purpose through volunteerism. Founded in 2007 by retired Navy SEAL and TIME 100 2013 honoree Eric Greitens, The Mission Continues has helped more than 600 post-9/11 veterans focus their talents and energy to tackle challenges facing us right here at home. Through a unique model that provides reciprocal benefits for the veteran and the local community - six month service fellowships - veterans volunteer to help others, and through their service, build new skills that help them launch their civilian careers. For more information, please visit http://www.missioncontinues.org or follow them on Twitter@missioncontinue.