In 2010, the UNG Gainesville Campus (formerly Gainesville State College), now one of the five campuses of the consolidated University of North Georgia (UNG), was honored to become a part of the Adult Learning Consortium (ALC).
Along with this recognition, the UNG Gainesville Campus received a $25,000 grant to increase support for adult learners. The grant was subsequently renewed in 2012 for an additional $25,000. The intent of the grant was “to galvanize [adult Georgians] to change their situation, thereby boosting the state’s economic growth” (University System of Georgia).
As part of this same initiative, in March 2011, the University System of Georgia’s Office of Military Outreach awarded the UNG Gainesville Campus the Soldiers to Scholars grant enabling the university to better serve military personnel in its service area.With the ALC grant funds, institutional funds, and faculty/staff support, the University of North Georgia has continued to grow its support for veterans and adult learner students.
With a growing number of both student veterans and adult learners, UNG created the Center for Adult Learners & Military (CALM) in 2012 in an effort to better serve these non-traditional student populations. To students, CALM is a concierge type service whereas to faculty and staff, CALM is an educator on the issues these two student populations face.
CALM is the point-of-contact concierge for the adult and military students and provides advisement as requested, ACE transcript reviews, portfolio counseling, career advisement, and mentoring. CALM also works with faculty and staff by providing them training opportunities concerning adult learners and military students.
As a unit of the division of Student Affairs, the Center for Adult Learners & Military's mission is to facilitate resources to non-traditional students that are military veterans and/or adult learners (ages 25 and up).
Our overall goal is to ensure that each student receives any assistance they may need throughout their college career and even as they prepare to enter the post-graduate world. CALM strives to continually improve adult learner and military focused services, programs, and outreach.