26. September 2011 09:14
G.I. Jobs recently released their 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools, recognizing the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Moraine Park Technical College was included on the list for the second year in a row for its excellence in serving veterans as students. The complete list can be viewed by visiting militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list.
“Moraine Park is honored to be included on the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “We are grateful for the dynamic and diverse background military students provide in the classroom and throughout the College. Moraine Park is proud to work with such exceptional students who serve our country and community.”
Alex Siedling, of Fond du Lac, joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 2008 as a high school student. He continues to serve as a sergeant in the National Guard and was deployed once to Iraq as a mechanic. Upon his return, Siedling decided to take his mechanic skills to the next level by enrolling in Moraine Park’s Automotive Technology program.
Siedling had a great experience working with Moraine Park staff when he decided to attend as a student veteran. “Moraine Park has done a fantastic job of making it extremely easy for me to get my benefits and work with payment due to reimbursement,” said Siedling. “Moraine Park staff members have passed along multiple emails for job offers for veterans and keep me informed if new opportunities arise.”
“As a veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard, I understand the specific needs of our Veterans who are being reintegrated into civilian life,” said Scott Lieburn, Moraine Park dean of students. “Having a strong network of other student veterans and a college staff who are supportive can go a long way in helping them achieve their educational goals.”
Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”
Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community and technical colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.