The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran-Friendly Schools status to 63 universities, colleges and trade schools across Michigan for the 2021-22 school year.
The state agency's Veteran-Friendly Schools (VFS) program recognizes postsecondary institutions committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.
Any institution of higher learning or training facility in Michigan eligible to receive veteran education benefits can apply for the program regardless of size or program delivery. This year's awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to Big Ten universities.
MVAA Director Zaneta Adams noted that since the VFS program was created in 2013, there has been a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and enhancing the Michigan workforce with each graduating class.
"I would like to extend my best wishes for a successful school year to all student veterans and their families - from the student who is just beginning their educational pursuits to the student veteran who will make the transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown," Adams said. "We are thankful for the commitment of our 63 Veteran-Friendly Schools to our country's veterans by ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey."
The program awards Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-level status to institutions based on seven criteria:
Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three.
"Since its inception, the Veteran-Friendly Schools program has recognized those institutions that have the drive and passion for serving those that have served in the military," said Chris Taylor, MVAA education analyst. "I'm excited to see the number of schools who continue to innovate in their programming grow, particularly after a pandemic changed the face of education at all levels, including our post-secondary institutions."
Michigan institutions interested in becoming a Veteran-Friendly School should contact MVAA-Strategy@michigan.gov for more information.
The following schools have been awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze-level Veteran-Friendly Schools, respectively: