Washington State Awarded Military Friendly School Title
G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Washington State Community College the designation of Military Friendly School for the second year in a row. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/ list.
Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America agrees. "The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans."
According to Washington State's VA representative Mike Whitnable, the college currently has 55 students receiving Veteran's Educational Benefits.
Service members and veterans can meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the G.I. Jobs website to learn about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment. Washington State also encourages veteran interaction on-campus.
Greg Mitchell heads up WSCC's Veterans Club, which has been running now for two years and includes members that are active-duty, National Guard, reserve, veterans or veteran's family members.
"Our main purpose is to bond together these people who have very unique experiences," says Mitchell, "The club also gives them a voice on campus and we hold a seat in the Student Senate."
The Veterans Club communicates with members electronically and shares helpful information in subjects such as education or healthcare.
In 2011 the Veterans Club is 60 members strong and Mitchell says he has received beneficial feedback from the participating veterans. "We're also looking into arranging faculty training that focuses on how to effectively handle veterans in the classroom, especially those who may be experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)."
The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans' clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.
For 40 years, Washington State Community College has provided residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley the opportunity to realize dreams, to enhance skills, and to broaden understanding. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or a non-traditional student looking to move your life in a new direction, Washington State has the classes to suit your needs. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.