NCU Graduate Helps Veterans Get Back to Work

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In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, NCU would like to spotlight Dr. Radames Carlo, Jr. who is a vocational rehabilitation expert with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. He has more than 15 years of experience serving veterans in federal public service.

Dr. Carlo earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Organizational Leadership in 2015. He specializes in the areas of work-based training and education, employment research, job analysis, and workforce development. Dr. Carlo also received his Master of Science in Human Services from Boricua College and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP) who supports transition-age youth and foster care youth with serious emotional disturbances obtain gainful employment and provides psychiatric rehabilitation services to veterans with serious mental illness (SMI). Dr. Carlo assists veterans with job placement and retention assistance in the New York City area. He was honored as a recipient of the 40 under 40 Rising Stars Award for his research in workforce development and the evidence-based Supported Employment model.

Dr. Carlo shares his NCU experience and how his degree has contributed to his current career.

  1. Why did you choose NCU?

 I chose NCU because I wanted the flexibility, the convenience, and the resources available from anywhere and at any time.

  1. What was your experience?

Doing graduate work was a struggle, especially completing a dissertation. But, I was fortunate enough to have the support and guidance provided by my NCU professor and dissertation committee members.

  1. How has your NCU degree contributed to your current career?

Today, I am adjunct faculty member for the School of Human Services at Boricua College, and for the School of Allied Health Professions at Monroe College, both in the Bronx, New York. I also serve as an Executive Board member for two organizations including Angels Unaware, an organization serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and the 65th Infantry Honor Task Force, ‘The Borinqueneers‘ a military regiment awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of honor by President Barack Obama. Being able to serve our military service men and women every day is not only a privilege for me but also an honor. Earning an advanced degree at NCU has strengthened my knowledge of working with people and has equipped me with the skills I needed to be a strong leader across a broad range of disciplines, including education.  I was recently featured in the UK-based peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice for my paper, The impact of vocational training on transition-aged adults.