UCCS and PPCC named ‘military friendly’ schools

UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak welcomes guests in August to the Veteran Resource Center on UCCS.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College are among the most military friendly schools in the country, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs, and its publisher Victory Media, named UCCS and PPCC to its 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, a recognition given to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, colleges and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and families.

This is the fourth year both UCCS and PPCC were named by the magazine to its Military Friendly Schools list.

The list is based on research and a a survey of more than 12,000 Veteran’s Administration-approved schools nationwide.

“We are honored to be selected for this recognition,” said Phillip Morris, UCCS director, Office of Veterans and Military Affairs. “We continually strive to meet the needs of veterans and their families, and are pleased with the university commitment toward a comprehensive set of services and benefits for this community.”

UCCS recently created a new Veteran Resource Center in the Forster House to support new military scholarship opportunities, programming for faculty and staff awareness, and a veteran and military -specific orientation program.

About 20 percent of the enrollment at PPCC are active-duty military or veterans.

“PPCC has a long and successful history of serving active duty military, veterans and their family members,” said Cheri Arfsten, PPCC director, military and veterans programs. “. . . We take great pride in providing each of them the resources they need to attain their educational goals; resources such as flexible online and weekend classes, as well as full-service offices on Fort Carson and Peterson AFB.”

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friend Schools which will be distributed in October to thousands of active duty and former military personnel.