Nov 16, 2016
Nov. 16, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY -
For student veterans like Isaiah Herrera, Westminster has been more than just a place to get an education-it's been a place to connect with other veterans, a place where faculty know your story and a place where you feel like more than just a number.
Through experiences like Herrara's, the college was again selected as a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse, for its support of its student veterans.
"We are proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly School, and we take this designation very seriously," said Sylvia O'Hara, director of Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services. "We have worked hard to support and encourage our student veterans and their families, and we want to ensure they have the resources they need to be successful in and out of school."
This year, the college celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS). The center provides a variety of resources to student veterans and dependents, from benefits counseling to financial aid advice. Most importantly, it provides a place for student veterans to feel comfortable and share their military experiences with each other.
"Sometimes you can feel isolated at college," said Herrera, who was a former infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps. "The veterans center has helped me connect with other veterans and share ideas about social issues and our different experiences. I feel like there is more camaraderie here at Westminster since it's smaller-it's a similar feeling like I once had in the military."
Westminster's CVMS serves more than 130 student veterans and their dependents as well as approximately 90 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media's proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey, and 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
For more information on Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/vets.
About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com.