The Green Zone training initiative at Chattahoochee Tech helps the college provide a supportive and nationally acclaimed learning environment for its vast student population of U.S. veterans and military-affiliated students, according to Chattahoochee Tech Veteran Services Coordinator Barry Munday, who leads this effort.
“The Green Zone training enables our faculty and staff to gain an increased awareness about the needs of veterans who are trying to re-acclimate to civilian and college life,” said Munday. “This training also relays how important it is for us to help veterans and military-affiliated students connect with the support and assistance they may need throughout their journeys in college.”
More than 200 Chattahoochee Tech employees have volunteered to complete the Green Zone training since it was established at the college four years ago, according to Munday. Upon completion of the training, the Green Zone team members are identified to military-affiliated students by Green Zone emblems placed beside office doors throughout the college. “The Green Zone team serves as a visible network of faculty and staff all across the college to help provide assistance,” said Munday.
In 2019, Chattahoochee Tech was designated as a national, gold-level Military Friendly School as well as a national Military Spouse Friendly School. Munday credits the Green Zone training initiative as one of the most notable aspects of Chattahoochee Tech’s success in achieving these rankings as the college has endeavored to serve its student veteran and military family population. Included among the many resources available for these students are counseling and career services, free tutoring and access to more than 30 external veteran service and support organizations. The college also provides them with assorted walk-in services to help meet the unique needs of military-affiliated students.
“We could not have received these Military Friendly designations without the Chattahoochee Tech faculty and staff who have volunteered to complete the Green Zone training and become members of our Green Zone team,” said Munday. “We serve one of the largest populations of veteran students among all of the colleges in Georgia, and it takes all of us working together to provide them with the help they may need.”