As we honor Veterans Day this month, the CIA has a new member of its admissions staff dedicated to assisting veterans in planning for their post-military careers. Eric Jenkins helps future foodservice and hospitality leaders serving our nation make the transition from the military to college.
Jenkins is a veteran himself, serving in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree in culinary arts management from the CIA earlier this year. From firsthand experience, the retired Sergeant First Class can explain to service members and veterans how to use Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits toward their bachelor’s or associate degree studies at the CIA. Sgt. Jenkins also serves as staff advisor to the Veterans Association & Auxiliary student organization on campus. He was president of the group as an undergraduate.
An admissions counselor dedicated to veterans is needed at the CIA, where 126 current students have served on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.
The CIA’s commitment to America’s service members goes back to the college’s founding in 1946, when the first class of students consisted of World War II veterans studying with the support of the original GI Bill. For more than six decades, the college has worked closely with all branches of the U.S. military, providing culinary training for active service members and college education for those beginning their post-military professional careers. Information for veterans interested in enrolling at the CIA can be found on our website.