On June 16, NC STRIVE (Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran’s Education) held its inaugural conference with 200 attendees from two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities across the State. Representatives from the University of North Carolina General Administration and fourteen schools from the UNC System; eleven private four-year colleges; and the North Carolina Community College System and 23 community colleges participated. The purpose of the conference was to share best practices to better serve veterans, service members, and their family members in their pursuit of higher education. Issues of cultural competence and academic and behavioral health services and supports were addressed.

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