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University designated a Military Friendly School

Posted 11/10/15

Fitchburg State University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its seventh year, the Military Friendly Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

“We are honored to earn this designation in recognition of our ongoing institutional efforts to serve this most deserving population,” Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus said.

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The Victory Media evaluation captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. For more information about Fitchburg State’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Fitchburg State’s website at www.fitchburgstate.edu. Information about the veterans programs available at Fitchburg State can be found at fitchburgstate.edu/veterans.

Earlier this fall Fitchburg State opened its Veterans Center in Thompson Hall, providing a dedicated space for student veterans to gather, collaborate and learn. The dedication ceremony included an address by Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco A. Ureña.

The university is also launching a bridge program for military-trained LPNs to receive their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing. Graduates of this program will be prepared to meet the societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. Respect for diversity, social responsibility, and a commitment to excellence in nursing care are emphasized. More information on the bridge program can be found here.

About Military Friendly Schools

The Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.

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