Charles Town, W.Va., – American Military University (AMU) and Athletes Of Valor (AOV) today announced a partnership to provide veterans with transitional coursework and skills they need to subsequently complete their higher education and participate in varsity and club athletics.
As part of the agreement, AOV students will have the opportunity to enroll in AMU academic courses and programs, while having access to a depth of support resources like internships, professional development activities and access to prospective employers with a common mission of supporting transitioning service members.
“As an organization founded to educate those who serve, we’re proud to assist Athletes of Valor in providing a bridge for active-duty students transitioning from service to higher education and future careers through our flexible, quality online programs,” said John Aldrich, vice president, military, veterans and educational partnerships for AMU.
Service members who transition back to civilian life have unique needs and team sports are proven to have a positive impact on their mental and physical health. The program creates a more inclusive environment for student veterans who might otherwise separate themselves from customary on-campus activities, helping increase graduation rates and, ultimately, to find meaningful employment opportunities, according to Alex Stone, AOV founder and CEO.
“We’re honored to partner with AMU,” said Stone. “This relationship will provide streamlined access to quality online education for thousands of service members who are transitioning to civilian life and, in many cases, onto collegiate athletic teams. To further assist student-veterans, ongoing support is provided after they are placed on teams to ensure the success of those students off the playing field.”
About Athletes of Valor
Founded by military veterans and former collegiate athletes, Athletes of Valor’s mission is to support transitioning servicemen and women from service to career by leveraging the power of collegiate sports. Their unique platform allows coaches, athletes, and corporate partners to find each other and connect. Learn more at AthletesOfValor.com or follow on;
About American Public University System
American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of OLC’s Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. Approximately 70,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS’s relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit apus.edu.
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