Ambrose Pledges UCM’s Support for Missouri Veterans
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 11, 2010) – Recognizing the great value of the contributions made by Missouri veterans to preserve our nation’s security, University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose has joined Gov. Jay Nixon and employers across the state in taking the Show-Me Heroes pledge.
By taking the pledge, Ambrose has demonstrated the university’s commitment to include Missouri veterans or members of the state’s National Guard and Reserve among those UCM considers for any available job openings. In return, the governor and members of Missouri’s workforce system also are making a commitment to support the institution throughout this process to obtain the best, most qualified hire, for job openings.
Ambrose signed the pledge during a meeting Nov. 9 in his office with Ron Pierson, veterans’ representative for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development. Workforce Development is administering the Show-Me Heroes program in partnership with the Missouri National Guard.
UCM will now be included on a special web site, www.showmeheroes.mo.gov, which will allow veterans to learn about employers in this region who have taken the pledge. The Missouri Career Source, available at this web site, will allow veterans to post their resume and enable employers to connect with veterans who are looking for jobs. Central Missouri becomes one of only two four-year Missouri public institutions to participate in the program, which includes 1,037 employers across the state.
“Our veterans and the men and women who currently serve in the Missouri National Guard and the Reserve have made many sacrifices to serve and protect our great nation. As they look for work in the public and private sector, they bring to the workforce tremendous strength of character, training, and motivation that will benefit employers and ultimately help enhance the state’s economy,” President Ambrose said. “UCM is proud to participate in the statewide program recognizing these important heroes.”
The signing of the Show–Me Heroes pledge comes just two days before UCM joins Whiteman Air Force Base, the Warrensburg community, American Legion Post 131, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2513, and the Missouri Veterans Home for an inclusive community Veterans Day Remembrance. It will take place at
2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Missouri Veterans Home, 1300 Veterans Road in Warrensburg. To commemorate this special day, UCM is offering Veterans Day buttons to its veterans. Those who served in the military can obtain one by stopping by the Office of Community Engagement in Elliott Union 224 or by calling 660-543-4156 to reserve a button.
Central Missouri is a military-friendly campus that offers VA educational benefits programs to eligible students, and is approved for the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance Funding. The university also offers Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps opportunities for students, and has developed collaborative partnerships with Whiteman Air Force Base, most recently working on a program to prevent underage drinking.