LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency today announced that 70 colleges, universities and professional trade schools from throughout the state have been recognized as 2017 Veteran-Friendly Schools.
The program awards bronze-, silver- or gold-level status to the participating educational institutions for their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans and dependents utilizing a GI Bill and other educational benefits. This is the program’s third year; 65 schools participated in 2016 and 57 in 2015.
“The continued growth of MVAA’s Veteran-Friendly School Program demonstrates the dedication our state’s academic institutions have to the success of our student veteran population,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford. “Michigan is fortunate to have top quality educational institutions that maintain high standards of support and services for our growing population of veterans and their families. The program makes it easy for students to identify which schools are invested in their success, and we greatly appreciate the commitment of this year’s participants.”
As in previous years, more than half of the participants received a gold ranking. Overall, 42 schools were awarded gold, 24 earned silver and four received bronze.
An estimated 16,458 military-connected students are attending the 70 ranked institutions for the 2017 academic year.
Criteria the schools must meet include having an active student-operated veterans club or association; veteran-specific career services or advising; on-campus veteran’s coordinator and awarding credit based on prior military training and experience.
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. Institutions apply annually for a designation, with an application and review process conducted every spring semester.
The 2017 Veteran-Friendly schools are: Gold Andrews University Baker College Central Michigan University Davenport University Delta College Eastern Michigan University Ferris State University Grand Valley State University Henry Ford College Jackson College Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lake Michigan College Lansing Community College Macomb Community College Merrill Institute MIAT College of Technology Michigan State University Michigan Technological University Mid-Michigan Community College Montcalm Community College Mott Community College Muskegon Community College New Horizons Learning Solutions North Central Michigan College Northern Michigan University Northwestern Michigan College Northwood University Oakland Community College Oakland University Olivet College Saginaw Valley State University Schoolcraft College Spring Arbor University University of Detroit Mercy University of Michigan University of Michigan-Dearborn University of Michigan Flint Walsh College Washtenaw Community College Wayne State University Western Michigan University Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Silver Alma College Aquinas College Astute Artistry, LLC DBA DSDT Bay de Noc Community College Calvin College Compass College of Cinematic Arts Concordia University Ann Arbor Focus: Hope Glen Oaks Community College Global Information Technology Gogebic Community College Grace Bible College Greater Michigan Construction Academy Kettering University Kirtland Community College Lake Superior State University Lawrence Technological University Life Support Training Institute Marygrove College Midwest Truck Driving School Sienna Heights University St. Clair County Community College Suburban Truck Driver Training School West Shore Community College
Bronze Cleary University Grand Rapids Community College Life EMS Ambulance Education Center West Michigan CDL, Inc.
This press release has been updated to reflect a change in the number of gold and silver-level schools.