Ed Nolan, Academic Advisor for the Warrior to Workforce (W2W) Program.
New Year brings New Advisor and Unique Program to the Mount
In early January, a cohort of 23 wounded veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, began an undergraduate-level business program through a unique partnership with Mount St. Mary’s and, specifically, the University’s Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. The University will provide instruction over three years for the Warriors to Workforce (W2W) program developed by the Acquisition Academy of the Veterans Administration. Through this program, the VA and the University will educate and prepare returning veterans for a career as acquisition, contract, and procurement specialists.
The Veterans Administration Acquisition Academy (VAAA) is located in Frederick, adjacent to the University’s Frederick campus, located in the 270 Tech Park at the intersection of I-270 and Routes 85 and 355. The VAAA has organized five separate schools to professionalize the human resources of the VA, the nation’s second largest agency.
The first year of instruction for the W2W students will cover fundamental business courses. Year two will move into the complexities of contracting and procurement. Instruction is being provided by full-time professors from the School of Business.
Edward Nolan has been hired as the Academic Advisor for the W2W Program, joining the staff of the Bolte School of Business in December 2011. His role and challenge is to see that all 23 successfully complete the program. Nolan, the retired Director of Human Resources at Fort Detrick’s U.S. Army Garrison, spent 33 incredible years serving soldiers and civilians. He says, “I hope to see most of the 23 enroll beyond the 30-semester hour program, and complete their baccalaureate degree with the Mount. I feel blessed to now be part of Mount Saint Mary’s serving veterans. The Mount can be very proud of its leadership in this program, serving those who served.”