G.I. Jobs Magazine Selects GateWay as a "Military Friendly School"
GateWay Community College was recently selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School” because of the college’s dedication to providing military veterans with a quality education. By earning this designation, GateWay is among the top 15 percent of schools in the nation and will be recommended by the magazine as a quality school for veterans to attend.
GateWay serves veterans through the college’s Veteran’s Affairs Office. Deanna Pritchard, who worked with GateWay’s veteran population before serving as the MCCD Professional Staff Association Executive President, believes that GateWay is a great place for veterans because of the college’s unique academic programs and staff members who work with students to achieve their academic goals.
“At GateWay, veterans have staff that is dedicated to serving their unique needs, such as a clear understanding of the GI Bill benefits that are available,” said Pritchard. “The campus has academic advisors, counselors, tutors and faculty who are ready to address their needs inside and outside of the classroom.”
As one of only two MCCD colleges who earned this distinct honor (the other recipient is sister college Rio Salado), Pritchard said that this award will help GateWay to become more visible to service members, veterans, and their dependents.
“With the new Post 9/11 GI Bill there are going to be many more veterans and their dependants who are ready to use their educational benefits,” she adds. “As an institution, we (GateWay) need to be prepared to assists this unique population with the services they need. GateWay already does a great job, as demonstrated by having received this recognition. We truly are the ‘College Who Cares.’”
G.I. Jobs magazine helps veterans make a successful transition to civilian life and the workforce. In addition, the magazine publishes an annual list of top Military Friendly Schools to act as a guide for current service members and veterans looking to further their education. The 2010 Guide to Military Friendly Schools will be available online in late September at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.