Serving Beyond the Uniform: A Career Event for Student Veterans

March 29, 2018

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) and the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) will co-host a career event on April 26 for student veterans attending college in all five boroughs of New York City.

The event will be held on the BMCC main campus, 199 Chambers Street in lower Manhattan. It will present two parts: a panel of local government officials who are also military veterans at 5:30 p.m. in Theatre 2, and a networking reception at 6:30 p.m. in Richard Harris Terrace.

All college student veterans who want to attend the event must present a school photo ID, and are recommended to wear business casual attire. 

The panel discussion will feature Edna Wells Handy, Acting Chief Compliance Officer, NYC Housing Authority; Jeffrey D. Roth, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Veterans’ Services; James Garcia, Director of Outreach, NYC Service; Felipe C. Moon, Veterans Recruitment Program, NYS Department of Civil Service and Lisa Beatha, University Director of Veteran Affairs, CUNY.

“Student veterans have a particular understanding of what public service means,” says Wilfred Cotto, Veterans Services Specialist in the BMCC Veterans Resource Center. “For those student veterans who want to explore career options in public service that could impact the direction of local government, this event will provide key information and help them make the contacts they need, to move forward with their goals.”  

“Whether they want to learn about civil service exams, management opportunities or career paths in City government, this event will be an excellent resource for student veterans. Hiring managers from city, state and federal agencies will be on hand to network with student veterans, so students should bring their business cards and come prepared to network,” says Driada Rivas, Interim Director, BMCC Center for Career Development. “It is a wonderful way to make contact with government officials who are also military veterans, and explore a vital source of opportunities.” 

For more information on this event, contact Wilfred Cotto, BMCC Veterans Student Services Coordinator, (212) 220-8000 Ext 5363 or Thierry Thesatus, BMCC Associate Director for Employer Relations, (212) 776-6302.




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  • BMCC and NYC Department of Veterans’ Services co-host a career event on April 26 at 199 Chambers Street
  • Student veterans from all five boroughs, with college photo ID, are welcome
  • Panel discussion features speakers from NYC government agencies, New York State agencies and CUNY

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