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Eye On The Valley – Services for Veterans – June 8, 2020

Host: Matt Watson

Topic: Services for Veterans

Guests: Cheryl Sena, Senior Adviser at SCVi Charter Schools; Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR; Renard Taomas, Director of the College of the Canyons Veteran Resource Center

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Services for Veterans — June 8, 2020

On this episode of Eye On The Valley presented by SCVi & iLEAD Schools, Matt Watson starts the show talking to Cheryl Sena, Senior Adviser at SCVi Charter Schools. Cheryl calls in to the show to talk about the amazing graduation ceremony she coordinated for the learners at SCVi in Santa Clarita. Various schools around the valley have been having their own version of a drive-thru graduation, and SCVi was able to use this model and create a unique experience to celebrate their seniors. Cheryl was able to give the seniors all of their traditional graduation experiences such as walking across the stage, moving their tassels from one side to the other, and tossing their graduation caps in the air. In addition to the traditional graduation experiences, SCVi seniors also celebreated a “Grad Week” that had them do various fun activities to both prepare for graduation and reflect back on their fond memories. Cheryl did work alone in all of this, and she makes sure to thank everyone at SCVi that helped make the graduation experience great for their seniors. As a Senior Adviser, Cheryl knows how important graduation is to high school seniors across the country and she and everyone at SCVi made sure to give their seniors a memory that will last a lifetime. Listen to Cheryl’s full interview in the first segment of the first hour of the podcast.

Our next guest on the show is Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR. Kristina calls in to talk about how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy helps treat trauma. Kristina and Matt talk about how EMDR therapy is similar to cleaning up an old hard drive that needs to be reorganized and sorted out. Listen to Kristina’s full interview in the third segment of the first hour of the podcast.

Our next guest on the show is Renard Taomas, Director of the College of the Canyons Veteran Resource Center. Renard served extensively in the military and earned a number of service awards during his tours of duty. Renard’s children followed in his steps and have each served in the military as well. Once he finished his service, Renard still needed to complete his schooling. He chose College of the Canyons with no information on the school whatsoever and it ended up changing his life. Renard has stayed at COC well past his years as a student were over because he wanted to share the incredible academic resources and services that COC offers to veterans. COC gives veterans an amazing amount of tools and help that enables veterans to easily complete their schooling. Renard talks about the post-9/11 GI bill that takes care of veterans, and talks about how it is the best that it has ever been for veterans. The military is an honor to serve in and it can help people and young adults graduating from high school create a career for themselves. Renard shares a wealth of contact information for the resources that current veterans can call to start taking advantage of the programs offered to veterans at COC. Visit their website by clicking here to find out more about the COC Veteran Resource Center. Listen to Renard’s full interview in the first and second segments of the second hour of the podcast.

About SCVi & iLEAD Schools:

“At iLEAD we’ve built a model based on what we believe to be the best of all that is out there. We believe passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. We’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.

We value and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.

It’s not unusual that we want our learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For us, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.

Finally, we value the social and emotional development of our learners. We believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach. Our goal is nothing short of learning, to change the world.” Read More…

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Eye On The Valley – Services for Veterans – June 8, 2020

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About Shane Cutchall

Born and raised in Canyon Country, Shane graduated from Canyon High School in 2012. A year away from obtaining a Communication B.A. from CSU Bakersfield, Shane joins the KHTS staff to board-op and KHTS Sports Reporter.