Parkland College services to student veterans recently earned a nationwide nod of approval.
The school was recently named to the Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business assisting U.S. military personnel with transitioning into civilian life.
The list is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
The annual list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are "doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus," according to a Victory Media spokesperson.
"Inclusion to the 2014 list shows Parkland College's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, vice president of Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools." The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
Parkland College officials were equally thrilled with the designation.
"Being a military veteran myself, it's an honor to help provide veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed," said Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of Financial Aid and Veteran Services. "Parkland College has always tried to be sensitive to the needs of our student veterans, and it supports the Student Veterans' Association at Parkland, a chapter of Student Veterans of America, with its mission."
Now in its fifth year, the Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Military students visiting the Military Friendly Schools website can find the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help them find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The list also will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, which is distributed annually in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel, and published in Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines.