Serving Those Who Serve

November 8, 2012 by University of La Verne

La Verne Named Military Friendly School for 40 Plus Years of Commitment to Active Duty Personnel, Veterans

La Verne Military VeteransAs Veterans Day approaches, the Un­iversity of La Verne has again been recognized with the 2013 Military Friendly Schools designation for its commitment to active duty military as well as veterans. With a rich history of serving the men and women of the armed forces, this designation highlights the existence of the programs and procedures in place to support and meet the educational needs of military students.

The designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their educational success.

According to the most recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty at any time since September 2001 is 12.1 percent. La Verne has faithfully supported military students looking to successfully transition into a civilian career.

“The Military Friendly Schools designation is an acknowledgement that the University of La Verne has developed policies and procedures that recognize the demands of the military on its soldiers,” said Dr. Stephen Lesniak, Dean of Regional Campus Administration. “While this is the fourth year in a row for this designation, the university has been providing educational opportunities to active duty military as well as veterans for more than 40 years.”

With several degree programs available, military personnel can look to the diverse educational options offered by the university. Classroom-based programs, evening and weekend options and distance learning online courses provide military students with an education that offers flexibility.

The university’s legacy of providing a quality education for those that seek it is apparent with the student-centered, values-based, and diverse learning environment on all La Verne campuses.

“The degree programs offered help military students to stand out, and they are given an edge when seeking employment,” said Central Coast Campus Director Kitt Vincent, who is also responsible for the Vandenberg Air Force Base Campus.  “They leave their degree programs with the necessary critical skills to succeed in today’s workforce and are well prepared for the transition to civilian life when they separate from the military.”

As a member of the SOC Consortium, the university has committed itself to providing flexible educational opportunities and policies for service members. Such policies include the ability for soldiers called to active service to return to their education without penalty. It also includes providing ACE credit for military training and experience as well as for nationally-recognized testing programs such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST Examinations.

Currently, La Verne is also a participating member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides qualified veterans with additional financial support should their educational costs exceed the funding provided by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

The university’s main campus and each regional campus, including the two military-based campuses at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu/Port Hueneme, provide military students with VA Certifying Officials knowledgeable on veteran’s benefits programs. According to Vincent, the officials assist students on how they should navigate through veteran policies and procedures to receive the benefits for which they are entitled. Currently over 500 veterans are using VA funding to attend La Verne.

All of which fits into the university’s longstanding commitments to providing access to higher education and encouraging lifelong learning.

“We are proud to once again be recognized with the Military Friendly Schools Designation,” said Lesniak. “The availability of the degree programs that can be accessed throughout the university system, effectively assist military students in obtaining the necessary skills for career advancement and careers beyond active duty service.”

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