Joyce Williams, an advising assistant at the C. T. Bauer College of Business who served nine years with U.S. Marines Corps and was in active service during the bombing of U.S. barracks in Beirut in 1983, said military skills set a foundation for growth in the civilian world.
“The leadership training in the military helps you understand structure,” Williams said. “It helps you learn to focus on the task at hand. It helps you learn teamwork.”
Williams, who was unable to receive aid from the G.I. Bill because she entered the service at a time of peace, has seen the benefits of the G.I. Bill through her brother and other people she has served with.
“They have a great opportunity to have help paying for school,” Williams said. “A lot of them aren’t able to have an income while they are going to school. School helps them transition into mainstream life. They can pursue a profession that maybe they discovered they liked in the service.”
Williams take out extra time to help returning veterans with their paperwork, and the Undergraduate Business Program tries to give them guidance during the process.
“I hope to see an increase in returning veterans,” Williams said. “The military background is a plus, but a degree is more of a plus. Adding that degree to their military experience just makes veterans more marketable.”
By Hannah Eastham
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.