Iowa Supports Education and Resources for Veterans and Enlisted Center (I-SERVE) helps veterans and enlisted individuals transition into higher education at the University of Iowa.

The center recruits and retains veterans at the University of Iowa College of Education; provides career development; and helps veterans secure financial, health, and other assistance programs.

Now in its third year of operation, I-SERVE is expanding outreach programming to the local and state community as well as creating a veterans’ resource center and library for university staff, faculty, and students to better understand military culture and experiences. Outcome measures will be collected and reported to the center’s Community Advisory Board annually.

More than 400 veterans sought services from the center during the 2016 calendar year. The University of Iowa – named one of the Best Military Friendly Schools for four years running – had more than 1,720 student veterans/veteran affiliates on campus in fall 2017, up from 700 in fall 2015. There are an additional 350 UI staff and faculty who are veterans.

The University of Iowa College of Education’s Teacher Education program has been named Iowa’s official central states Troops to Teachers (TTT) program. Leadership and instruction skills are among the many innate abilities veterans have that are transferable to the classroom. The program aims to help relieve teacher shortages in high-needs subject areas such as math, science, and special education, as well as help military personnel make successful transitions to second careers in teaching.