Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu have been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
The annual list honors the top 15 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.
“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly School,” said Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro. “Honolulu Community College has a long history of supporting our military service men and women. We offer courses at Hickam Air Force Base and Pearl Harbor Naval Station through our off-campus program with the hopes of helping military personnel and their spouses achieve their educational aspirations.”
Honolulu CC also hosts the Mobile Vet Center every second Wednesday of the month on campus. The program offers readjustment counseling for veterans returning from service, as well as information on benefits and support services for service members and their families.
Leeward Community College has hired a full-time veteran’s coordinator and has dramatically increased its military and veteran services over the last year. A “First Friday” event, held on the first Friday of each month, brings together faculty, support staff, and military and veteran students for networking and support.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts in serving military, military dependent and veteran students,” said Leeward Community College Chancellor Manny Cabral. ”Leeward is located within easy commuting distance to all major military bases on Oʻahu. We have a long and proud tradition of meeting the need of our military community.”
Read the UH News story or watch the video below highlighting Leeward Community College’s military and veteran services.
2013 Military Friendly Schools
Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. 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 consisting of educators from schools across the country.
The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list are recognized for exhibiting 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.
The full list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences are available on the Military Friendly Schools website.