Wilkes University has been designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine and its parent company, Victory Media. It is the fourth consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Wilkes has worked to ensure a smooth transition to academic life for veterans through a number of initiatives, including having a dedicated veterans affairs counselor, retired US Air Force Lt Col. Mark Kaster, to work with veterans coming to the University. In addition, Kaster established a campus organization, the Wilkes University Student Veterans Council, to provide additional support. The group provides programming to help soldiers transition to the civilian world and brings organizations to campus, such as the Scranton Veteran Center, that provide needed services to veterans. Members also support service projects related to the military, including sending care packages to soldiers, planning the campus Veterans Day observance and collecting toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots holiday campaign.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Wilkes University’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.” Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit
The Military Friendly Schools website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com
, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. 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 those who served.