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Yosemite National Park
Your learning experience is based in the iconic Yosemite National Park at NatureBridge, Henness Ridge, the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. 
Expert Instruction
You will learn from veterans program and educational expertise as well as career guides for federal, state and corporate organizations.
Veterans and Fire Fighting Professions
Learn more about careers in federal fire-fighting including the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Is This Seminar For You?
If you are a veteran, this seminar can show you how to make the best use of your GI Bill and related authorities to attain educational, health, community support, and employment benefits.
Comradery and Family
Shared core values and mission experience can translate into the civilian fire service providing veterans with an on-going support system and comradery.  

This 4-day educational seminar that teaches veterans how to access their educational benefits, understand career path opportunities, learn their health and wellness options and activate additional programs, such as home mortgage programs and family member support. The seminar will be held at UC Merced and Merced College and in the venerable Yosemite National Park. Applicants selected to attend will receive a scholarship to cover costs during the seminar.

YOSEMITE VETERANS EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP SEMINAR | AUGUST 27 - 30, 2019

DINING, LODGING, AND TRANSPORTATION FROM MERCED, UC MERCED, MERCED COLLEGE, AND YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK IS INCLUDED

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APPLICATION DEADLINE AND COST

Applications are closed for 2019.  Applications are open for 2020. APPLY TODAY!

 

OUR MISSION, FOR YOU

You will leave the seminar with a clear understanding of how to work toward an exciting, satisfying career path that includes the right level of education for your personal and professional objectives. You will also finish the seminar with a new team of friends you can communicate with in the future in support of your educational and career goals. The course will provide each graduate with a course kit that will serve as a take-home package of network and resource contacts.

WHAT TO EXPECT

During the four-day seminar, you will travel as a team from Merced to Yosemite National Park. You'll receive behind the scenes tours of UC Merced, Merced College, and Yosemite. We will move from the Valley to the NatureBridge campus at Henness Ridge where you learn about park and other career opportunities: how to access veteran benefits such as the GI Bill, health and family services, resume writing and interview procedures. Your scholarship covers transportation, dining, and lodging.

WHO YOU WILL MEET

The seminar will be taught by instructors with veterans program and educational expertise. There will also be career guides for federal, state, and corporate organizations that will include:

  • California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • University of California, Merced
  • Merced College
  • National Park Service
  • National Forest Service
  • CalFire
  • Union Pacific

Additional agencies and organizations may be added.

YOSEMITE VETERANS EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2019

If you would like to receive information on next year's seminar, please submit the Request for Information form below.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

 

 

Annette Wholaver
ANNETTE WHOLAVER

Local Interagency Network Coordinator, California Department of Veterans Affairs
Fresno, California

David Henderson
DAVID HENDERSON

Supervisory Park Ranger, Special Emphasis Program Manager for Veterans Affairs
Yosemite National Park, California
Former U.S. Army

 

Virginia Sanchez
VIRGINIA SANCHEZ
Research Librarian, Yosemite National Park
U.S. Navy Reserve
 

 

PARTNERSHIPS

E&J Gallo Management Program
CalVet
Yosemite Conservancy
NatureBridge
Institute at the Golden Gate
Union Pacific
UC Merced Extension
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