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Return With Purpose Workshop Dates Set for 2015

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 7, 2015) – Building upon the success of previous Return With Purpose workshops for  active duty military personnel and veterans who want to learn how to make an easier transition to civilian life, the University of Central Missouri announces dates for additional sessions in 2015. These free one-day workshops will take place in Elliott Student Union Feb. 7, May 30, and Aug. 29.

UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the non-profit organization Return With Purpose are collaborating on these programs. They are tailored specifically toward active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses. Advanced registration is required. Individuals planning to attend a session should register two weeks prior to the selected session.

Leading the workshops will be a representative of Return With Purpose, Greg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder. Ganschaw is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help employees and corporations to maximize their skills, abilities and productivity.

Return With Purpose will aid participants in preparing for the future by helping them understand how they can design a path to a life they want, identify and remove barriers to changing their lives, realize their potential, find a new purpose in life helping other veterans, and develop an action plan to ensure success as a job seeker, student or family member.

The workshop’s curriculum was developed with input from psychologists and has been in use for more than 40 years. It is tailored to meet needs specific to military members and their families, and has been implemented by higher education institutions that include Stanford, Penn State, and Washington University, to name just a few.

Interested individuals must RSVP to Ganschaw at 314-520-2046 by the appropriate registration date for selected sessions as follows:

Ganschaw also can address any questions related to the program. Individuals making reservations should advise him of their name and military status, phone number, and email address. They should also let him know if they are a UCM student. Limited seating is available.

Anyone who wants to know more about educational opportunities available for active duty military personnel and veterans at UCM can contact Jeff Huffman, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, at 660-543-8989, or Delilah Nichols, coordinator, at 660-543-8977.