The Student Veterans of America Executive Director, Michael Dakduk, recently met with chapter leaders and student veterans at ECPI University’s Northern Virginia Campus. ECPI University invited Mr. Dakduk and other leaders in the veteran service community to the ECPI campus in Manassas, VA.
“There is a great deal of controversy surrounding for-profit institutions of higher learning because of a few bad actors. I want to be very clear when I say that this issue does not plague the entire for-profit sector. This is evidenced by ECPI’s willingness to be open and transparent about their university,” said Mr. Dakduk. “I was very impressed with the ECPI administration and SVA leadership on campus and consider ECPI’s SVA chapters to be model student veteran organizations. I hope other higher education institutions, both for-profit and not-for-profit, invite SVA to learn more about their campus veteran programs.”
“The needs of student veterans are different from the average college student and these needs are better met with the relative experiences and camaraderie only available from fellow veterans. That’s why I’m a proud member of the Student Veterans of America here at ECPI University. I’m proud of the support the school gives our student veterans. We drive our agenda and ECPI backs us up. No other student organization garners the same respect or carries the same clout as SVA,” said Felix Talamantes, a Navy student veteran pursuing his B.S. in Business Management.
“ECPI University has a large, dynamic veteran population and we are honored to have Student Veterans of America recognize our chapters as model student veteran organizations. ECPI takes the responsibility of educating veterans very seriously and we have a long history of helping veterans in our communities transition from the military to the classroom to successful careers in the workforce. The addition of SVA chapters on our campuses has significantly enhanced our veterans’ college experience and success by offering a forum for SVA member support of fellow veterans, and we look forward to continuing–and strengthening–our relationship with SVA,” said Mark Dreyfus, President of ECPI University.