Employee Spotlight: State Tuition Assistance Manager Jenna Chapin

by Sgt. Stew Dyer

 

Helping connect Soldiers and Airmen to their education benefits can be tricky, but for Jenna Chapin, it is the best way to ensure a trained and competent force, keeping the sword and shield sharp and sturdy for the future. Talking to Chapin I learned a great deal about education benefits in the state.

Q: What do you do at the Wyoming Military Department?
A: I Administer Army and Air state tuition assistance programs, including eligibility and adjustments.

Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
A: I enjoy my job and the people I work with. I like working in the public sector and especially enjoy working to further educational opportunities.

Q: What has been your favorite part of the job?
A: I enjoy the presentations the most, especially when I can help soldiers learn about and take advantage of their benefits.

Q: How does your position impact the Wyoming Military Department and further the Wyoming National Guard?
A: Our educational bene

fits are of course a helpful recruiting tool, but it’s important to remember that tuition assistance is one of the more tangible ways that we invest in the professional development of our soldiers and airmen.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: For two years at the University of Wyoming I was in the vertical dance program. It is such a unique program offered at UW I really enjoyed it.

Q: What is something most folks don’t know about your position?A: That a lot of soldiers and airmen don’t take advantage of all their education benefits. There are several programs out there that will let you finish your education without debt.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of working here?A: I love the Cheyenne community, not so much the long winters, but the summers are amazing, and they help get me through the colder months.

Q: What is your favorite part about being part of the Wyoming Military Department?
A: Being able to promote the value of education, a lot of places will ask for educated employees, but here we get to back it up with a program that pays for it.

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