Sterling College has earned the Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. This is the second year Sterling has earned the designation.
“We have been working hard to better serve our current student veterans and are thrilled that the work we have done has earned us this military-friendly designation,” said Lucy Hankinson, Assistant Director of Admission and Veteran Support Coordinator. “We are dedicated to providing veterans with extraordinary learning opportunities in environmental stewardship education. We are grateful for our veterans’ service, and we’re committed to supporting them achieve their educational goals.”
She continued, “We’re especially excited about our College-to-Farm program for veterans, a first-of-its- kind program that grants $10,000 in seed money for a farm or business for veterans that graduate from Sterling College with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture or Sustainable Food Systems.”
“According to a recent report by the Department of Labor, the average age of a U.S. farmer or rancher is 56 and approaching retirement age. We are proud to cultivate the next generation of farmers and enlist veterans in furthering a more sustainable future for farming,” said Sterling College President Matthew Derr. “With these grants, Sterling will help start the post-service careers of veterans who will redesign the nation’s food system into one based in environmental stewardship that is more just, healthy, and doesn’t exacerbate climate change.”
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”
Sterling College will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.
For more information about Sterling College’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Sterling’s website at www.sterlingcollege.edu/veterans.