Penn State DuBois Awarded Military Friendly School Designation
Penn State DuBois has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America said, "The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans." Dakduk noted that feedback can be viewed online at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list
At Penn State DuBois, the Office for Adult Student and Veteran Services was launched this year to provide adults and former service members with the tools they need to succeed in higher education and in a career. Through the center, programs are offered to help veterans, who may have been out of school for many years, adjust to being students again. Refresher courses in basic subjects and tutoring programs are designed to sharpen their skills, while counselors provide assistance with scheduling, financial aid, and other administrative processes that may be new to a soldier-turned-student.
Other services are offered to student veterans through the campus' partnerships with veteran services in the community. The partnerships with the Clearfield County Veteran's Affairs Office, DuBois Veterans’ Center, Veterans’ Employment Services at the PA CareerLink, and others help to provide assistance that is not just relevant to education, but lifestyle and readjustment help as well.
"Education is important, especially when coming out of the military and back into civilian life," said Penn State DuBois Veteran Services Coordinator Sueann Doran. "Education really gives you the edge. With so many people coming out of the military and looking to start new lives now, we see a real need for this and we want to fill that need."
Doran went on to say that the national recognition makes her feel like the campus center is, indeed, going a long way to fill that need. She said, "We don't do what we do for the recognition; we do it for the students. Becoming a Military Friendly School, though, really makes me feel like we're going in the right direction."
The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. More information is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
To make an appointment with Doran at the Penn State DuBois Office for Adult Student and Veteran Services, call 814-375-4716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org