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Record 70 schools receive ‘veteran-friendly’ status for 2017-18

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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:
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
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
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.