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Military Connected Campus

Support for military connected students

Canadian Armed Forces insigniaFanshawe College and the Canadian Armed Forces are working together to create a Military Connected Campus. This initiative will provide students, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans with career opportunities and additional supports for transition to civilian life.

At Fanshawe, we recognize that military students have a unique set of transferable skills through their military leadership experience. We want to acknowledge and validate those skills through a number of means. A framework has been created to:

  • Support military personnel who are currently studying at the College;
  • Provide heightened awareness to students about careers in the Canadian Armed Forces; and
  • Support military members and veterans who are transitioning from active service through recognition of academic credit for prior military training and experience.

What do military students receive?

Students participating in the Military Connected Campus will receive individualized support and advising from Fanshawe staff trained to provide specialized military support. Students will also gain leadership recognition on their co-curricular transcript resulting from a combination of their military training and co-curricular activities at Fanshawe. Upon graduation, a Leadership notation will be made on their credential and recognized as part of the graduation ceremony.

Military Connected Campus Meet and Greet: October 6, 2020

Do you have military experience? We invite you to join our first-ever virtual Military Connected Campus Meet and Greet! Meet other military-connected Fanshawe students and staff, learn about the Military Connected Campus program, participate in a live Q&A and much more! Register for free here. Details below:

Date: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 p.m. EST
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Staff only: In addition to registering at the link above, please fill out this pre-event survey, which takes only 60 seconds to complete.

Frequently asked questions

Who is a military-connected student?

 

Military-connected students are those individuals with significant ties to the Department of National Defence (DND), Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or who have served with a foreign military. There are six sub-categories of military-connected students:

  • Current serving, Regular Force member;
  • Current serving, Primary Reservist;
  • Veteran;
  • Department of National Defence – Civil Servant;
  • Immediate family of CAF service member or Veteran; and
  • Foreign Military Veteran

We encourage you to self-identify upon accepting an offer. To do so, you can reach out to the Fanshawe College military-student advisor, your program lead and faculty.

 

How can my military qualifications be recognized at Fanshawe?

 

At Fanshawe College, military service may be recognized as a source of prior learning for the purpose of obtaining academic credit. This assessment is viewed through the lens of specific program or course learning outcomes.

Please review our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) page to learn more about the process and the potential relation to your military training and qualifications. This is the starting point for understanding your prior learning recognition.

Contact an Admissions and Pathways Advisor in the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions about the process. You can submit a PLAR application before you are registered as a Fanshawe College student.

 

Can I combine my military experience and credits earned at another post-secondary institution for recognition at Fanshawe?

 

Yes. Students can request academic credit for both military experience and previous post-secondary education, as long as they meet Fanshawe’s residency requirement and all other criteria under the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Prior military experience and other non-academic experience are assessed though the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.

 

What documents do I need to submit to get credit for my prior military experience?

 

To have your military service recognized as a source of credit related to the specific learning outcomes in your program, there are a number of ways that knowledge, skill, and competence can be assessed as outlined on the PLAR website. Military-connected students can submit a certified copy of their most recent Military Personnel Records Resume (MPRR) as substantiation.

If you have any questions, please contact an Admissions and Pathways Advisor in the Office of the Registrar.

 

I hold a nationally recognized certification as part of my military occupation speciality, how can I get credit towards a program at Fanshawe?

 

  1. Learn about Fanshawe’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process.
  2. Contact an Admissions and Pathways Advisor in the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions.
  3. Once you have determined whether or not PLAR is appropriate, meet with an Admissions and Pathways Advisor to proceed with the process.

 

I am enrolled in a Co-operative Education program. Can I use my current role or past role(s) in the military as my Co-op Work term?

 

Co-op work terms are aligned with academic learning outcomes with the goal of attaining valuable experience in your chosen field. If your past experience(s) is aligned with your program of study, you may be eligible to PLAR. If it is not aligned, your Co-operative Education Consultant can assist you in articulating your unique blend of skills to secure strong Co-op positions that will support your new direction. Connect with your Co-operative Education Consultant to explore both options.

 

I am interested in the Maple Scholar Program; can you tell me if I qualify?

 

Non-commissioned members who have attained Developmental Period 2 qualification (NCMDP2) and eligible for promotion to the next rank or above will be considered as having met the requirement of a prior diploma or work experience necessary for admission into several of Fanshawe's graduate certificate programs in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business. The graduate certificate programs approved for NCMDP2 applicants at this time are:

 

How can Fanshawe support my military responsibilities such as unexpected call-outs, training exercises and deployments?

 

Fanshawe is acutely aware of the challenges in maintaining a balance between military service and the pursuit of post-secondary education. If you are experiencing difficulties and subject to competing priorities, we encourage you to discuss the situation with your program coordinator and faculty as the first step in reaching an achievable solution. We encourage all options to be explored with the view to assisting you to complete your chosen program within an appropriate timeline.

Any request to participate in extended military training or deployments must be accompanied with official substantiation provided by your chain of command.

 

Can I pause my program for a prolonged military deployment or training period?

 

Fanshawe is acutely aware of the challenges in maintaining a balance between military service and the pursuit of post-secondary education. If you are experiencing difficulties and subject to competing priorities, we encourage you to discuss the situation with your program coordinator and faculty as the first step in reaching an achievable solution. We encourage all options to be explored with the view to assisting you to complete your chosen program within an appropriate timeline.

Any request to participate in extended military training or deployments must be accompanied with official substantiation provided by your chain of command.

 

What type of substantiation is required to support my military deployment or prolonged training period?

 

Military deployments and training periods, both domestically and internationally, are accompanied by a series of orders and instructions that allow CAF members to conduct assigned duties. To augment any request for suspension or program hold, validation from your chain of command must be submitted.

Dependent on the length and location of the deployment, there may be an option to continue studies while deployed. All course/program considerations must be addressed to the individual faculties.

 

Will I be recognized as a military-connected student at Fanshawe?

 

To properly recognize military-connected students at Fanshawe, we encourage you to self-declare upon enrolment. To do so, you can reach out to the Fanshawe College military-student advisor, your program lead and faculty. This will ensure your efforts are recognized and that you are included in military-connected events.

As a military-connected student, Fanshawe aims to recognize your dual commitment to post-secondary education and service during graduation ceremonies.

We strongly encourage support groups and connections to be fostered among all military-connected students at Fanshawe. Student-led groups provide opportunities for campus-wide engagement, leadership and networking.

 

I am a financially sponsored student, can Fanshawe provide substantiation that I am a registered student in good standing?

 

Yes. With your written request, Fanshawe College can send a letter directly to your financial sponsor or your Canadian Armed Forces chain of command indicating your standing.

 

As a sponsored student, where is my eligible Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202) delivered?

 

Dependent on your sponsorship arrangements, you may not be eligible to claim tuition on your personal income tax. Ensure you are aware of your individual benefits and how tax credits are applied. At Fanshawe, tax-related slips are issued electronically through WebAdvisor.

 

As a military-connected student, am I eligible for bursaries, scholarships and other funding opportunities?

 

Yes. The Financial Aid and Awards Office provides financial support and advice to help students fund their college education through government and donor funding, and to recognize student excellence.

There are many different offerings available and they are subject to varying criteria. We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid and Awards office for specific questions.

 

As a CAF member/Veteran I have full health and dental coverage, can I opt out of the Fanshawe College health care plan?

 

Yes. All ancillary fees are paid in accordance with the program fee schedule. When students opt out of medical coverage a refund will be given to the student.

 

Are there other military-connected students on campus? Is there a military-specific social support group?

 

Fanshawe is committed to the development of tailorable military-connected student supports and is continually seeking your input to further build a community of practice. Fanshawe College is looking to build a military-connected social support framework and we encourage the creation of student-led groups. Our intent is to foster student-led groups, thereby providing opportunities for campus-wide engagement, leadership and networking.

We encourage military-connected students to maintain contact with local Veteran groups and the military community.

Throughout the academic year, Fanshawe will recognize military-connected students and we do encourage campus-wide participation. During these events we ask you to identify yourself to the event organizer.

 

Can I wear my uniform on campus?

 

While Fanshawe College is extremely proud of our Canadian Armed Forces members, there is no requirement to wear a military uniform on-campus. There may be times where military-connected students are encouraged to wear their uniform such as commemorative ceremonies, graduation and special events. For Veterans, the wearing of medals is encouraged during these same periods. Military-connected students must ensure that wearing of uniforms during special occasions is authorized through their chain of command.

 

I recently heard that Fanshawe College signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Armed Forces, how does this agreement impact my learning?

 

The Civil-Military Leadership Pilot Initiative (CMLPI) is a mutually beneficial partnership that is intended to grant Army Reserve members and new recruits’ recognition for their military training, as well as opportunity to develop leadership skills.

The CMLPI is an integrated program that is designed to further develop participant leadership skills through the planning, development and execution of various on-campus activities. Students will work with the Fanshawe CMLPI Coordinator and assigned Military Coordinators who will guide participants through the various learning outcomes. Successful completion of the program will be recognized with a CMLPI certification at graduation.

Eligible students can join the CMLPI through direct or recruit entry. Direct entry students are serving Army Reserve members and either new or existing Fanshawe students. Recruit entry students are individuals who meet entry conditions at Fanshawe and subsequently can apply to the CMLPI by joining the Army Reserve and serve a minimum of 16 months.

For more information on the CMLPI, speak with your Military Coordinator or the Fanshawe CMLPI representative.

 

 

 

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