Lyndon State College has been named to Victory Media’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 20 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 success on campus. 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.” These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to assist those who served.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Lyndon State’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at 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.”
LSC boasts a very active Veterans Club that helps veterans make friends and become integrated in the fabric of campus life. This club was responsible for raising funds for an on-campus Veterans Park installation. LSC has two staff members dedicated to serving the needs of service personnel; one is in the admissions office, the other is in the Student Services Center. They help with the many scholarship programs available to veterans and their families including the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, Tillman Scholarship, and more. Lyndon has a Veterans Resource Center — the “Lounge”– where vets can meet with one another, share information, and access support resources.
The Veterans Club, in partnership with the LSC Veterans Student Support Committee and other veteran service organizations, will again host an NEK Veterans Summit in 2014. The Summit’s purpose is to bring veterans, their families, and veteran service organizations together to build relationships, stronger connections, and an enhanced regional support network. Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Student Veterans of America Executive Director Michael Dakduk, and noted author Kristin Henderson delivered addresses at the inaugural Summit in 2013.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. The Military Friendly list is published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and is cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and others.