Two Paths: Endless Possibilities


What to Expect

Are you a veteran student looking for a community of support, expertise, and comprehensive resources to help get you down the path to your healthy future? Give us a call or email to set up an appointment with George Nickel, Director of Student & Veteran Affairs. You’ll get the lay of the land, meet the staff, and learn what one of our programs can do for you. Need more information first? Share your contact info, and we’ll reach out to you. Already sure we’re a good fit for you? Complete an application, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your eligibility and next steps. With all these ways to learn more about how we can help, what’s stopping you?




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Life as a Wyakin Warrior

What happens when you’re accepted into the program?

George Nickel

Your Journey

You’ll meet with George regularly to discuss your needs and how we can best support them. He’s available to troubleshoot challenges, work through an important decision, or talk. He’ll also track your academic performance and your engagement in the Wyakin programs and help with course corrections when needed. George is a veteran, a Wyakin alum, and a licensed Social Worker. He’s also an expert in veteran resources, and he’ll find you the support you need when you need it. George will help you decide which program path is best for you; The Classic Wyakin Program or Wyakin Works.

Personal Connection

To provide support and accountability on your journey, you’ll be paired with a Community Mentor when you join the program. Wyakin recruits the best mentors from our community- they are knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated to seeing you succeed. Your mentor’s role is to be a sounding board and another trusted person with whom you can openly engage about what is going on in your life. Mentors use their experience and wisdom to guide, challenge, inspire and support you on your professional and personal journey.

Supporting Your Goals

Even with education benefits from the VA, the cost of an education can be a burden and can take your focus away from academic performance. Your active engagement in the Wyakin program comes with eligibility for a monthly grant to help offset some of the costs of attending school. We also offer an emergent grant program should an unexpected life cost arise or an academic or professional pursuit you would like to take advantage of but cannot afford.

Your Professional Development

Professional skills need some work? Need help with resume writing, interview practice, and job search? We have various services to help you hone those skills and prepare for the professional world when you graduate. Alice will help you with all things related to developing as a professional. At the same time, our Career Development Partners present each month on a professional topic that deserves more time and focus. For practicing professional skills and taking an even deeper dive into the professional world, the Wyakin Enhanced Education & Development Series provides quarterly half-day seminars.

Building Resources

Paired closely with our professional development curricula are many opportunities to network- with your peers, members of our community, and professional contacts. We’ll coach you to talk with new people in any setting that is productive, meaningful, and professional. As you approach graduation, you will be paired with a Professional Mentor- someone in your desired career field to provide critical knowledge about how to enter and succeed in your career of choice.

In The Community

We’re big on the community here at Wyakin, whether our Wyakin community or the greater community within which we live and work. Every Warrior engages in the community through a Wyakin Community Impact Project. With guidance and coaching from our staff, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the community while developing critical skills and community contacts.

The Whole You

We know that you are more than just what you’re studying or the career you’re pursuing. You’re a complete person, and we’ll support you with that in mind. We provide many opportunities to connect- staff, Warriors, and families, as friends, not just as program participants. We have barbecues, we play volleyball and cornhole, we retreat to McCall for some R&R, we volunteer, we have fun, and above all, we’re there for you and each other. Wyakin ensures we have a full schedule of wellness activities and organizes staff training. Hence, we’re well-versed and current on issues that can arise in our Warrior’s lives and affect them emotionally and psychologically.

The Long Run

Our Wyakin for Life alumni program means you’re never alone. If you’re mulling over a career change, considering grad school, or dealing with an unexpected personal challenge, we’re never far from you. No matter how long you’ve been an alum, we care about you as much as we did the day you entered the program, and we’re still here to help.


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The Classic Wyakin program application process is open to post-9/11 veterans who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a certificate- or degree-earning academic program, with priority given to those with a VA Disability Rating. The Wyakin Works program application process is open to all veterans regardless of VA Disability Rating, seeking certification and training in Skilled Trade Professions. Application decisions are not made upon prior academic standing or background but rather upon character, motivation, and need. If you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply here.