The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list highlights 1,400 institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students. Schools earned rights to the Military Friendly® trademarked designation via qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment.
Black Hawk College was designated a Military Friendly School in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 but serving veterans is not a new mission for the college.
When the college conducted its first classes in September 1946, 73 percent of the 239 students were World War II veterans.
This semester, there are 135 Black Hawk College students receiving veterans’ benefits.
“As a Military Friendly School, we are constantly striving to find new ways to best serve our veterans, military students and their families,” said Marceia Duhm, coordinator of career and veterans services at Black Hawk College.
“Our Veterans Resource Center encourages our military students and veterans to be active in the college and their communities,” she said. “It provides support for those needing a little direction and encouragement as they transition from the military to civilian life.”
The college also has the Military Students and Veterans Club, a chapter of Student Veterans of America.
Victory Media’s Military Friendly® ratings recognize colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.
Institutions of higher learning complete an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, including:
- Support for student veterans on campus.
- Graduation and employment outcomes.
- Military spouse policies.