We are proud to be able to help our veterans transition from their military experience to civilian life! The Combat2Careers program is designed to honor those who have served and sacrificed, by assisting student veterans to enter and sustain employment and increase financial independence.

ONLINE TOOLKIT for Combat2Careers

Veterans with disabilities need special assistance and the College has the resources to help them; from class registration, academic advising to career counseling. The program is intended to meet real, unmet career preparation and employment needs of veteran students with disabilities. Our Veterans lounge provides a space for veterans to study, relax or just hang out with other veterans.

Every year approximately 120 veterans are enrolled at East Central College in a variety of programs.

Female Veterans

Female Veterans face as much of a challenge in transitioning to civilian life. We’ll work with this group closely as they may be reluctant to connect with traditionally male-dominated veterans programs while also managing college and work, sometimes as single parents.


    • Over 2.6 million Post 9/11 veterans between the ages of 18-32 have returned to civilian life. Approximately 15% are females.
    • Younger vets have higher unemployment rates than the national average and females have higher unemployment rates than non-veteran women.
    • Feeling isolated
    • Difficulty adjusting to campus culture
    • Difficulty relating to younger students
  • Bored with college life

The Combat2Careers program is intended to help alleviate the anxiety, stress, and uncertainty that disabled veterans can feel.

To access the ONLINE TOOLKIT for student veterans moving from college to career, visit the Combat2Careers website.  These toolkits were built by the Yang-Tan Institute on Disability and Employment at Cornell University in conjunction with veterans services at SUNY–Oswego (New York) and East Central College (Missouri). They can be used by student veterans to navigate the campus-to-career transition and by counselors in vocational rehabilitation, higher education, employment services, and independent living.


If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Lorrie Baird, the ECC Combat2Careers Coordinator.

Lorrie Baird