24. September 2010 04:54
Moraine Park Technical College has been designated a “Military Friendly School” according to G.I. Jobs, thereby placing Moraine Park among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and two year colleges that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
“Moraine Park is honored to be recognized as a military friendly school,” said Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek. “We greatly appreciate our veteran's service to our country and are committed to making their transition from military life to college as smooth as possible. Today we are serving approximately 150 veterans and their families each semester and we expect that number to grow. It is good to know we have the programs and services in place to meet their needs.”
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. Schools on the list offer benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs.
“Veterans are able to receive various federal and state benefits to assist them financially in attaining their degree,” said Tanya Wasmer, Moraine Park’s enrollment management and Banner project partner, “It is very exciting to receive this award as it is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience.”
The tuition funds that are available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year have given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school, according to Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that of a trusted friend,” McCormack stated.
To compile the list, G.I. Jobs, published by Victory Media, polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools. The website at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com features interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs. The 2011 list can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/list-2011.aspx.
With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park is one of 16 colleges that make up Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses are also offered. For more information about the College, visit www.morainepark.edu.