UH Hosts Inaugural Community College Symposium

The University of Houston, its Veterans' Services Office and Air Force and Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs will host the first Community College Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Rockwell Pavilion on second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library. Seventeen colleges and universities in the Houston metropolitan area, including all nine community colleges, have been invited to this unique event.

The purpose of this symposium is to share information about how higher education can serve current and future veterans, especially those returning to school on the post-9/11 GI Bill that Congress approved last summer. This is the most generous GI Bill in history, even more generous than the original World War II version, said Col. Phil Bossert, commander of the UH Air Force ROTC Detachment 003.

Specific symposium topics include the $63 billion post-9/11 GI Bill and its impact on higher education, transfer credits for veterans, The Houston Corps of Cadets and its Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine ROTC units, UH Enrollment Services' efforts to facilitate the transfer of community college students, distance learning opportunities, UH outreach programs to community colleges, and best practices from UH Veterans Services.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Raymond Staats, the commandant of the Community College of the Air Force.  He will discuss best business practices and lessons learned from the world's largest community college.

The University of Houston has a long and proud history of serving veterans and ROTC cadets. UH realized significant growth after World War II from the original GI Bill, and there are more than 1,200 veterans currently enrolled at the UH main campus. The Navy/Marine ROTC program was founded at Rice University in 1941 and serves students at UH, Army ROTC was founded in 1948 at UH, and Air Force ROTC in 2003. All three programs have been growing rapidly in recent years with the UH Air Force ROTC program the fastest-growing AFROTC unit in the nation from 2005 - 2007

WHAT: UH Community College Symposium
WHEN: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12
WHERE: University of Houston
Rockwell Pavilion
Houston, TX 77004
WHO: UH, UH Veterans Services Office and the ROTC programs
3855 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004