Walmart Foundation


Del Mar College, Tarrant County College, and Wake Technical Community College exemplify how institutions committed to advancing veterans employment can leverage external funding to design, develop, and deliver accelerated vocational instruction to veterans and transitioning service members. Through an examination of the programs’ approaches to recruitment and service delivery, as well as a survey of their achievements to date, the case highlights identify five best practices that could inform other efforts to use vocational acceleration as a means of advancing veterans employment.

Document Type



Military and Veterans Studies


20 pages




Vocational programs, Veterans, Higher education, Student veterans, Military-connected students, Best practices


Veterans--Education; College-student veterans; Vocational education


Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University






This report would not have been possible without generous support from the Walmart Foundation, which provided initial funding for each of the depicted programs through its Vocational Acceleration Grants Program. At its core, the report reflects the tremendous effort and dedication of each program’s leadership, management staff, instructors, student participants, and partners from government, business, and the nonprofit community. Thank you especially to Mary Afuso, Dara Betz, and colleagues at Del Mar College; Jennifer Hawkins, Jerry Hutyra, and colleagues at Tarrant County College; and Ben Wagoner and colleagues at Wake Technical Community College for providing invaluable insight into each of your program’s visions, principles, foundation story, and keys to success. Thank you also to Kathy Cox of the Walmart Foundation for providing guidance, support, and direction regarding the Vocational Acceleration Grants Program, grantee experiences, and the intent of the report from a “big picture” perspective. Thank you to Sarah Ahmadi and Maggie Pollard at Accenture Consulting for being liaisons with each program and providing detailed information on programmatic experiences and achievements. At IVMF, thank you to Nick Armstrong, Beth Kubala, and Rosalinda Maury for their guidance and feedback on report content, organization, and direction, as well as to Kerry Manahan and Dennis Kulis for their outstanding graphic design work.

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