They served us, we serve them


Washtenaw Community College Veterans Center employees (from left to right) Linda Hibbs, Mary Singer, Jan Militello, Sukanya Jett and Carmen Parise.

On the second floor of the Washtenaw Community College Student Center, there’s an office where the students who come and go stand a little straighter and seem a little taller.

It’s the office space set aside for veterans attending WCC. A place where they can meet fellow veterans, receive advising or just hang out.

In August, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) certified WCC as being a veteranfriendly school at the Gold level, which is the highest status that can be achieved.

“We’re thrilled,” said Sukanya Jett, WCC’s director of admissions. “We try very hard to make sure that our students are able to get all the assistance they need, so that they can be successful here at WCC and also in the future. Our staff in the Veterans Center are very committed to helping our veterans, so we’re very happy to have received this recognition.”

What does it take to become certified by the MVAA as a veteran-friendly school? Here’s the criteria:

  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or staffed veterans center
  • Active student-operated veteran club/association
  • Established process for the identification of current student veterans
  • Evaluation and awarding of credit for military training and experience
  • Veteran-specific website/ portal
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, completion and graduation rates
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran job placement rates

To receive Gold status, WCC had to meet at least six of the seven criteria listed above, according to MVAA’s website. It’s also worth pointing out that WCC has been designated as a military-friendly school by GI Jobs magazine since 2012.

Read the rest [here].


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