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Karen Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7667
Fax: (540) 464-7025
Email Cadet Counseling

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC)
Virginia Military Institute
VMI Health Center
448 Institute Hill, 2nd Floor
Lexington, VA  24450

About Our Cadet Peer Educators

The CPEs return to VMI during cadre training week and work through the training program with the Center for Cadet Counseling staff. A strong applicant must be either a rising third, second, or first class cadet who is able to return early for Cadre Training Week (1 week prior to Corps Return).

A CPE applicant ideally will possess the following qualities:

Mandatory Qualifications:

A cadet must:
  • Be a third, second, or first-classman
  • Be in good disciplinary standing (cadets with conduct probation, alcohol-related penalties, or penalties for "conduct unbecoming of a cadet" on discipline record will not qualify
  • Be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Complete CPE training during Cadre Training Week and pass the National Peer Educator Certification Test

CPEs will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Professionalism
  • Administrative responsibilities
  • Initiative
  • Community engagement (with Corps and/or Rockbridge Community)
  • Communication/listening skills
  • Work quality

Cadets must demonstrate the following to maintain membership with CPE:

  • Possess a strong interest in health/wellness and a desire to affect change in student health behaviors through effective health promotion activities
  • Able to communicate effectively (both oral and written)
  • Must possess initiative and not be afraid to ask questions and be a "self-starter"
  • Must be an effective team player
  • Able to contribute 2-3 hours per week to CPE-related activities (actual hours may vary)
  • Ability to speak in front of small or large groups of peers
  • Responsible role model, both on and off Post, representing VMI, The Center for Cadet Counseling, and CPE
  • Emotional stability and mature judgment
  • An attitude that will promote healthy lifestyle choices for self and others
  • Involvement by:
    • Prioritizing and attending all meetings and trainings
    • Planning and implementing small and large group orograms, events, and campaigns
    • Completing administrative assignments
  • Assume an active role in keeping channels of communication open between yourself and the CPE advisor
  • Maintain the highest level of professionalism
  • Continually work to improve the level of knowledge in the field of health and wellness by seeking out learning opportunities

Cadets seeking priviledges for work completed as a CPE must:

  • complete all assigned tasks skillfully, neatly, and within specific deadlines
  • Prioritize and attend meetings
  • Maintain effective communication with fellow CPEs and CPE advisor
  • Follow through on commitments made to the CPE group


To Apply for CPE, fill out the Cadet Peer Educator Application and send it in the VMI Post Mail to "the Center for Cadet Counseling, attn: CPE Application.

FOR AY 2015-2016 CPE Applicants, the due date is 17 February 2015.