As a nontraditional student, Jason Taylor is fully aware of his age and experience differences in the classroom. He chose to join the Armed Forces after high school, but now—as a member of Case Western Reserve University’s inaugural Posse Veterans Program cohort—he works every day to share his insights to broaden the perspectives of those around him.
The Posse Veterans Program identifies, trains and supports veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees at top colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve, Texas A&M University and the University of Virginia. Those accepted into the program attend college as part of a team of veterans who receive career development and mentoring from faculty along the way—all while sharing their experiences with more traditional first-year students.
“I’ve fought in physical wars, and some students are just entering society as independents,” Taylor explained. “I believe everyone’s input and thoughts are valuable, and I make a conscious effort to enlighten those around me of the possibilities they have because of the time we live in.”
“We are proud to be one of three institutions working with the Posse Veterans Program to support veterans in their pursuit of continuing their education,” said Edwin Mayes, director of First-Year Experience and Family Programs. “Our Posse veterans add a new culture that will shape our campus in exciting new ways through their stories, their leadership, and their dedication.”
The first class of Posse veterans at CWRU includes:
Andi Ashley, a second-year studying nutrition
Calebe Charles, a second-year studying psychology
Derrick Durham Jr., a second-year studying biology
Jake Limbu, a first-year studying nursing
Miguel Maldonado, a second-year studying computer science
Jaalyn Owens, a first-year studying geological sciences
Elvis Rivas, a first-year studying mechanical engineering
Elizabeth Schooley, a first-year studying chemistry
Jason Taylor, a first-year studying communication sciences