Veterans Resource Center hosted its first annual Future Forward event

The Veterans Resource Center collaborated with colleges across Cal Poly Pomona to launch the inaugural Future Forward event on Oct. 11, affirming the university’s vision of The Future of Work by highlighting entrepreneurship, veteran resources, employment opportunities and education resources.

The event was open to all students and included the College of Business Administration, College of Agriculture College of Engineering and College of Education and Integrative Studies. Organizations attending the event included Northrup Grumman, Boeing, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Bureau of Investigations and Beverly Hills Police Department.

Lt. Col. Ron Coley, (RET) USMC led the event of over 200 students and guests in attendance, while President Soraya M. Coley delivered the welcoming remarks. Keynote Speaker, Tyler Merritt, CEO of Nine Line Apparel and U.S. Army Veteran broadcasted live from Atlanta, Georgia, delivering a message to students that perseverance is the most powerful tool one can have when pursuing their dreams.

Throughout the event, students heard from panelists, including a CPP Alumni panel, regarding entrepreneurship and career goals, in addition to having the opportunity to network with over 40 different organizations. Closing remarks were provided by Dr. Eileen Sullivan, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. The Veterans Resource Center would like to thank Cal Poly Pomona’s ROTC Color Guard for their participation in presenting the flags. 

In previous years, the Veterans Resource Center collaborated with Huntley College of Agriculture to host an annual Veteran Agriculture Day, highlighting resources to veterans and offering insight into both government and private sector career opportunities. During the all-day event, military-affiliated students spoke with representatives from organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture and community businesses. Students also had the opportunity to listen to panelists discuss topics that included veteran resources, agriculture and business careers, educational resources and alumni experiences.