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Cody Nicholls

Assistant Dean of Students,

Military & Veteran Engagement

University of Arizona

“We want to provide exposure to military-seeking employers EARLY & OFTEN to support post-education employment for our students.  And we want to do it at scale.  Our partnership with 50strong makes this possible.”
Our EDUCATION PARTNERS are critical to workforce development outcomes & all 50strong efforts.  
Here's why:
  • About half of the ~160kK service members that separate each year from active duty pursue full-time education en route to civilian employment.  They are in "extended transition".
  • There are +700k Military-affiliated students using DoD Tuition Assistance & VA Benefits.
  •  Many are enrolled in online-based schools so  virtual career readiness delivery is key.
  • Many service members are pursuing degrees & certificates while they are still on active duty. Awareness & championship of various pathways like DoD SkillBridge opportunities can be critical.
  • Many of those in Reserve or Guard units are pursuing degrees & certificates. Military Spouses are often leveraging dependent benefits.  
Yet many campus-based recruiters aren't aware of military-specific pathways at their compayand most schools do not have military-specific career resources.​  
We believe that community colleges & universities can be collaboration, engagement & upskilling hubs for ALL military families & employers in our communities.   We want to support their efforts toward workforce development outcomes, beyond the degree. 


What Employers Are Saying:

Military-ready employers are always hiring and eager to engage early and often to support the employment outcomes of all military-affiliated students!  


Want proof?  Check out this short video!!

“With the pace and continued growth within Amazon, we are continually looking to grow new pipelines of talent. Amazon’s Military Affairs team values the leadership and resiliency that Student Veterans possess and partnerships with organizations like the California Community College System are essential to our ability to engage with Veteran talent and keep pace with our growing demand.”

Beau Higgins, Amazon Global Military Affairs

 “Wells Fargo is a military-friendly employer; we recognize veterans and service members as a rich source of talent, experience, and hard-earned skills. Collaborating with 50strong has helped us extend our reach, particularly into the student veteran community, to share our military hiring programs and our meaningful career opportunities with veteran job seekers.”


Sean Passmore, Vice President of Military Talent at Wells Fargo

Do you serve, teach or train
military-affiliated students? 

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