Bay College Signs Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve

Bay’s President signed the statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve with the support of Human Resources and staff

Left to right: Mark Highum, Veteran & Dean of Business and Technology; Beth Berube, Director of Human Resources; Melissa VanBrocklin, Human Resources Manager; Pam Basal, UP Area Chair of ESGR; and Laura Coleman, President.

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Bay College’s President, Laura Coleman, signed the statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve with the support of Human Resources and staff.

President, Laura Coleman, states “Bay College understands the unique talents and skill sets service members can bring to the organization and encourage all veterans and active duty members to apply for open positions at the college.”

The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

Director of Human Resources, Beth Berube, states “We have several veterans and active duty employees at Bay College. We value their military service and respect and support their rights and responsibilities.”

The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees.

Employers signing a statement of support pledge that:

We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.

We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crises, and in war.

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