Workforce Outreach Programs
We CONNECT or reconnect Nontraditional Adult Learners/Student Veterans to numerous education. health and workforce development related resources, including Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living. We also CONNECT with “disability and veteran friendly” educational institutions, businesses, associations and faith-based organizations to enhance awareness via phone/video conferencing, consultation via seminar or webinar, social media, and participation at events.
We EDUCATE Nontraditional Adult Learners/Student Veterans about how to use the resources to self-advocate for accommodations in the classroom and workplace, adapt to life with or without disability benefits, address the stigmas, share inspiring stories and valuable information on the White Apple Institute Talk Show, and become eligible to enroll in Dr. Applewhite’s Self-Rehabilitation Program ©.
We SUPPORT Nontraditional Adult Learners/Student Veterans emotionally with Peer and Professional Mentorships, Student Memberships*, and Sponsorships** for Crisis Management Stipends throughout their journey to workforce success.
* Peer and Professional Mentorships share advice, experiences, and knowledge from Dr. Applewhite’s Self-Rehabilitation Program ©using ONLINE methods. Learn more.. (Contact us for more information!)
** Student Memberships provide eligibility to apply for a Crisis Management Stipend provided by sponsors for unexpected financial hardship that may negatively impact school and workforce opportunities.Learn more.. (Visit Membership page)
*** Sponsorship provides Crisis Management Stipends to prevent drop out due to unexpected financial hardships not funded by other programs. Learn more.. (Visit Sponsorship page)
We help “non-traditional” adult learners and student veterans
The staff of White Apple Institute continually witness the positive change in a person with any form of “dis-ability” when they are connected to resources, educated about utilizing the resources, and supported with a hand up versus a hand out.
Educators, employers, and counselors continue to express great concerns about the recruitment, retention, performance, and productivity issues facing Veterans and Non-Veterans in the workforce. Specifically, those who are categorized as Nontraditional Adult Learners/Student Veterans with invisible, as well as visible disabilities striving to complete college and vocational training programs to ensure their success. There are over 1.000,000 Student Veterans in postsecondary institutions. Over 85% are characterized as non-traditional students between the ages of 24 and 40 and employed. Over 47% are married with children! Over 46% have considered suicide due to transitioning to civilian life, difficulties managing family, school, work schedules, and managing emotional and mental health. Our emphasis, at White Apple Institute, is on helping those categorized as nontraditional, underserved, and disabled yet ineligible for benefits, become contributing citizens in their communities and our world. Here is what other experts are saying:
- Nearly half of college students who are U.S. military veterans have thought of suicide and 20 percent said they had planned to kill themselves. These rates are significantly higher than those of college students in general, per a study presented by M. David Rudd, PhD, during the American Psychological Association’s 2011 Annual Convention.
- Many nontraditional adult students drop out due to emotional challenges and incur overwhelming financial debt from student loans https://nces.ed.gov
- The dropout rate for students with disabilities is approximately twice that of general education students (Blackorby & Wagner, 1996) and continually increases with students who are also parents. Nearly 40 Percent Of Students With Disabilities Don’t Graduate https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/05/12/nearly-40-dont-graduate/20292/
- Tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are enrolled in colleges and universities across the country, courtesy of the GI Bill. Over 25% of college students are parents. (http:/students.collegefactual.com/blog/are-colleges-supporting-non-traditional-students). Almost all of them — 88 percent — will drop out by next summer, feeling isolated and frustrated in an alien culture. www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/
- And while 94 percent of high school students with learning disabilities get some kind of help, just 17 percent of learning-disabled college students do…. Learning-disabled students are far more likely than others to drop out of four-year colleges. Just 34 percent complete a four-year degree within eight years of finishing high school…. Learning-disabled students are far more likely than others to drop out of four-year colleges. Just 34 percent complete a four-year degree within eight years of finishing high school. http://hechingerreport.org/colleges-respond-to-growing-ranks-of-learning-disabled/
- Female soldiers returning from war have a harder time finding jobs and are more likely to be single parents with children to support. They also may have different medical issues and psychological needs. Only 15 percent of student veterans are “traditionally” college-aged students. Another 47 percent have children and nearly that same percentage are married. http://backhome.news21.com/article/womens-mainbar/
- Across the United States, 63 percent of students with disabilities graduated from high school in 2014 — a rate of graduation roughly 20 percent lower than the national average. Jan 14, 2016 (www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-grindal/post_10880_b_8976972.html]www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-grindal/post_10880_b_8976972.html)
- It has been well documented that college counseling centers have seen a significant rise in the number of students who have serious psychological issues. ….almost one in four students who visit the counseling center are taking psychotropic medications. …only 20% of students who committed suicide in college had sought help through the counseling center… those who are in the greatest risk for self-harm are not seeking treatment. http://www.sahe.colostate.edu/Data/Sites/1/journal-of-student-affairs/journalpdfs/2016-journal.pdf
- College students with mental and invisible disabilities drop out at twice the rate as others. (www.collegeatlas.org/college-dropout.html).
- Eighty-eight percent of the tens of thousands of Iran Afghanistan will dropout within the first year. Student Veterans are seven times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than Non-Veteran students. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/veterans-college-drop-out_n_2016926.html
- Veterans with newly acquired injuries (both seen and unseen) are just developing an understanding of how their disability may affect their learning. Common disabilities of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan include: TBI, PTSD, loss of limb(s), severe burns,deafness, vision difficulties, and learning disabilities. American Council on Education http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/Accommodating-Student-Veterans-with-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-and-Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder.pdf
- The needs of Nontraditional students are grossly underserved. Inconvenient class schedules, insufficient financial aid, child care, and lack of emotional support on and off campus. Learn more at https://www.eiuperspectives.economist.com/talent-education/higher-education-21st-century/case-study/case-study/new-class-non-traditional-students-are-changing-market-higher-education
- College students with mental and non-visible disabilities drop out at twice the rate as others. www.collegeatlas.org/college-dropout.html
*Nontraditional Student Veterans experience all the above, in addition to psychological transitions into civilian cultures at school, work and a quality of life.