Vetereans Connection | Veterans Aid

The United States is ready to welcome home more than 2 million veterans as they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here at Atlantic Cape Community College, we are dedicating our time and effort to support our Veterans in reaching their educational goals. We acknowledge all of their efforts and sacrifices in keeping our nation safe and strong and we are proudly developing new support systems to help our Veterans with the transition from solider to student.

At Atlantic Cape, we are pleased to provide the services of a dedicated counselor, Ms. Ellen Splaver, who will be available to our Veterans for academic career counseling, EOF services, mental health referral services and other support as needed.

The Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Office Certifying Official, Michelle Andrews, is also available to help students navigate through the educational benefit process. (For more information on educational benefits visit: www.gibill.va.gov)

An Advisory Committee comprised of faculty, staff and students has been created by the Dean of Students. The committee will discuss current issues regarding our Veterans and work together on developing new and improved services.

Marine saluting American flag

This year, Atlantic Cape will proudly honor our Veterans with a ceremony on November 11th in celebration of Veteran’s Day. The ceremony will allow us to communicate to our community our heartfelt thanks to all Veterans who served throughout history and the new Veterans currently serving today Please join us on our Mays Landing campus, J Building, at 12:30pm for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony.. View photos from our ceremony.

It is Atlantic Cape’s sincere hope that by providing comprehensive student services for our Veterans, they can continue their journey toward building a bright future for themselves and their families.

John Kayes

John Kayes, 52
Mays Landing
Retired First Class Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
Program of Study: AAS in Nursing

Bio: After retiring in 2005 with 22 years of service in the USCG, John began a career as a Senior Systems Engineer on air traffic control systems at the FAA Tech Center in Egg Harbor Township. Following a layoff in 2013, he explored his education opportunities and enrolled at Atlantic Cape in January 2014.

Why did you choose Atlantic Cape? Atlantic Cape fits my needs the best because of its location, variety of programs and the availability of the counselors and staff who took time to meet with me and assisted me in my transition to my new life as a student and a veteran.

How is Atlantic Cape creating opportunity for you? I hope to continue my journey to a new chapter in my life and graduate with an A.A.S. degree in Nursing and help people in need.

What advice do you have for other veterans considering college? Atlantic Cape is very military-friendly and assisted me with using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to fund my education and transfer prior military education that could be used as college credit.

For more information on services for Veterans, please contact 609-343-5129 Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs or 609-343-5096 Counseling Office.