LENEXA, Kan., January 4, 2017 – Grantham University, a 100 percent online university with a 67-year history of educating the military community, invites all local veterans to register for the Wednesday, Jan. 24 Veteran Career and Transition Fair in Olathe, Kan. Grantham is hosting the free event, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Transition Assistance Program at Fort Leavenworth (Kansas), Uniformed Services Benefit Association (USBA), Matt Maciel Financial and Seven Summit Solutions.

The job fair will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 153 located at 410 East Dennis Avenue in Olathe, Kan.  Veterans will have the opportunity to connect with more than 50 employers across a variety of different industry sectors, including Cerner, Sprint, area police departments and municipalities. Attendees will hear from experts in panel discussions and visit company booths to connect one-on-one. Those interested in attending should register at www.gokcjobs.com.

“We are passionate about helping all adult learners, including those who have served our country, achieve their career goals,” said Scott Andrews, president and CEO of Grantham University. “Bringing the veterans job fair to the region is an important way in which we are demonstrating that support.”

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with opening remarks from Army Colonel Marne Sutten, Commander, United States Army Garrison, Fort Leavenworth; and Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) Richard Keller.  A panelist discussion focusing on veteran employment tips will follow, featuring the following four community members:

  • John Buckley, a retired infantry colonel and military relations manager for Koch Industries;
  • James Elliot, veteran and chief of staff of the Sprint national deployment team;
  • Donnie Hash, veteran and senior talent acquisition business partner for Northrop Grumman; and
  • Connie Markovich, spouse of an Army veteran and executive vice president and chief operating officer for USBA.

“Our partnership with Grantham University has enriched the resources we are able to offer our local veterans to successfully transition to a civilian career,” said Brett Rosene, transition service manager for the U.S. Army at Fort Leavenworth. “With as many as 245,000 enlisted service members leaving the military each year, job recruiters should look to this pool of talented prospective employees when hiring.”

Grantham has a long history of supporting the education and career growth of military service members and veterans. In addition to the job fair, the university offers additional programs like its Hiring Vets is Good Business initiative, which teaches corporations how to hire and train veterans, and become a “military-friendly” environment. Grantham also offers veteran hiring “Lunch and Learn” seminars and sponsors employment fairs.


About Grantham University

Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Throughout the past 67 years, Grantham’s commitment to serving those who serve with affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support, and its continual advancement in line with changing technologies. Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs.