West Virginia University at Parkersburg has been named a 2017 Silver-level Military Friendly School Award recipient. This is the second consecutive year WVU Parkersburg has received the “Military Friendly School” designation by Victory Media, publisher of “G.I. Jobs.”
The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and technical colleges in the country that have set the standard for colleges demonstrating dedicated resources and ensure education success for veterans and their families. For the 2016-2017 academic year, WVU Parkersburg has served 148 veterans and 44 dependents.
“We are proud to receive this honor and make it our goal to provide veterans with the best possible education and service,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president. “Our Veterans Resource Center and active student organization deliver a strong support system to student veterans.”
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. 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.
“Attending WVU Parkersburg was one of the best decisions I ever made,” said Aaron Rickman, U.S. Marine veteran. “The faculty and staff are committed to providing an excellent learning environment, and the college is committed to helping student veterans transition into higher education, helping them achieve their academic goals, and fostering a community of veterans on campus.”
WVU Parkersburg is also a signatory of the “8 Keys to Veterans Success” and participates in the “Principles of Excellence” established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in recruiting and retaining student veterans and family members. In November, “Military Times” ranked WVU Parkersburg sixth in its national “Bets for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges” list for 2017.
For more information about WVU Parkersburg’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.wvup.edu/veterans or contact WVU Parkersburg Veterans Advocate, Shawn Healy, at 304-424-8337. Open registration for summer and fall classes begins April 10.