West Shore Community College is among more than 50 veteran-friendly schools committed to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to better support their academic and transitional needs to student veterans and their dependents.
The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their G.I. Bill and other educational benefits.
Fifty-seven schools earned either bronze-, silver- or gold-level status as determined by the number of services they offer to student veterans.
“Nearly half of this year’s veteran-friendly schools achieved a gold-level designation, which is a huge achievement,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “Whether schools offer an active student veterans club, on-campus support staff, accelerated learning programs for military experience or all of the above and more, veterans attending these institutions have a variety of services and resources available to them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”
“These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify schools throughout Michigan that are committed to supporting them and helping them succeed,” Barnes said. “Through the Veteran-Friendly School program, veterans will know exactly what services are available to them when they walk onto campus, so they never have to feel alone.”
The veteran-friendly designation is available to any institution of higher learning eligible to receive veteran education benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. A new application and review process will be conducted every spring semester. Institutions can apply each year for the same, higher or lower ranking.
The 2015 rankings are now available on MichiganVeterans.com/vetfriendlyschools.
Student veterans or dependents with questions about GI Bill or other federal benefits should call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or visit MichiganVeterans.com.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement