Veterans Transition to Education (VTE)

dog tag on Canadian flagAre you a veteran or active member of the Canadian Armed Forces and looking to expand your education? Whether you need academic upgrading to support your military career or for a new career, we provide academic and non-academic services specifically designed for you.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is committed to providing academic and non-academic services and referrals for Reg-force, Reserve, and Veteran Canadian Armed Forces members through our Veterans Transition to Education (VTE) program. We recognize the invaluable service and unique culture associated with military personnel, and the many challenges faced by past and present soldiers in navigating civilian institutions. The Chang School understands the importance of education in building careers in both the military and civilian life, and this shapes our goal to provide accessibility and flexibility in post-secondary education. We are a community-focused institution that prides itself on inclusionary access to education. Situated near Moss Park Armoury, The Chang School would like to help guide you through your educational options.

About the Program

The Veterans Transition to Education (VTE) program will provide academic and non-academic peer assistance to the veteran community and currently serving soldiers.

We provide access to all applicable support programs within Ryerson University and will work with you to help you achieve your goals.

  • Part-time courses
  • Distance education (via online classes)
  • Full-time enrolment
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • The Royal Canadian Legion bursary programs
  • Ryerson University scholarships and bursaries
  • The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education bursaries
  • SISIP Financial Services (Military Social Income Security Insurance Plan)
  • We have several avenues to recognize previous experience including the possibility of waiving prerequisites for advanced certificates or waiving introductory courses in certificate programs. Transfer crediting and challenge credits are also available for select courses.
  • Our transitional year program called Bridges to Ryerson allows mature learners, upon completion, to be eligible to apply to undergraduate programs at Ryerson University. Even without a high school diploma, this program can prepare and propel you into a university education without the need of a General Education Development (GED) or previous certificate.
  • The Chang School is dedicated to providing alternative pathways to education for those individuals who do not have the traditional prerequisites for post-secondary education. We offer certificates that may ladder into degrees.
  • We understand that all aspects of your life must be healthy and supported to give you the best chances of success. We can provide you with assistance and referrals relating to mental and physical health, housing, addictions, and the navigation of civilian environments, through our Soldier to Civvy meetings. Here, you will learn to disarm the “absolutes” associated with military thinking and adopt coping strategies aimed at making your transition a positive and exciting pathway. Additionally, VTE can work with you in accessing supports through Veterans Affairs Canada, to ensure that nothing will stand between you and your education.
  • Chris MunroCanadian Armed Forces veteran, Chris Munro, 1PPCLI, 2 CDO, is a registered social worker currently doing graduate research at Ryerson University on the psychological stressors associated with post-military transitions to civilian life. His experiences with both the military and his own transition provide him with insight into the challenges faced by soldiers and former soldiers, as they navigate their educational options in a civilian environment.
  • Initial contact will be with the veteran transition coordinator (VTC), who will discuss your academic needs. Any non-academic supports will be discussed and referred at this time.
  • Prospective students will then be assigned a case coordinator. These individuals will provide academic guidance, qualify prospective students, and inform them of their academic choices.
  • Your VTC will support you during all phases of your entrance and study period, in undergraduate programs, certificates, or academic upgrades.
“I found Bridges to Ryerson to be a great program. The staff have helped guide me through the university system. The program has been a beneficial change going from a regimented organization to transferring into the civilian world. The classes provided sufficient challenges, however, there are many academic and social resources to support my learning at a post-secondary level.”
–Sgt (Ret’d) David Hensman CD

Get started today!

Come and speak with us and we will help you get started. Contact us through spanningthegaps@ryerson.ca or 416.979.5000 ext. 4098.