Fanshawe College commits to support military personnel

Canadian Army Reserve soldiers from 31 Canadian Brigade Group stand behind Colonel Jason Guiney of the Canadian Armed Forces and Fanshawe President Peter Devlin as they sign a Memorandum of Understanding on February 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Fanshawe College)

London’s Fanshawe College has entered an agreement with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in an effort to support military personnel enrolled at the post-secondary level.

The college signed a memorandum of understanding with the 4th Canadian Division of the CAF on Friday, with the intention of developing a program framework for providing students, members of the CAF and veterans with career opportunities and additional supports for transitioning from active service. The agreement was also signed with the intention of increasing awareness of careers in the CAF for Fanshawe students.

“As Canadians, we are grateful to those who are and have served and sacrificed for our country, preserving and protecting the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin, in a news release. “Here at Fanshawe, we are pleased to offer our support and to provide a welcoming campus with services and resources available to meet the unique needs of military personnel.”

Those enrolled in the program will receive one-on-one support and advice from Fanshawe staff, who are trained to provide specialized military support. Students enrolled at the college will be recognized during their graduation ceremony for serving with the CAF and a notation will be made on their graduating diploma.

“Members of the Canadian Armed Forces possess specialized military knowledge and skills acquired through education, training and experience,” said Brigadier-General Conrad Mialkowski, commander of the 4th Canadian Division/Joint Task Force Central. “This partnership with Fanshawe College, a well-recognized institution, will provide our military members with the opportunity to enrich their skills and knowledge while deepening their relationships with the community.”