Kalamazoo Valley honored with 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation



Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Kalamazoo Valley Community College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“We at Kalamazoo Valley Community College are deeply honored to be named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media. At Kalamazoo Valley, we strive to not just be veteran-friendly for our more than 300 student veterans, but veteran-embracing. We were among the first academic institutions in Michigan to create a designated Veteran Services Office and each year we build and add to our programs and services to effectively facilitate a seamless transition from solder to student,” said Elizabeth Lyons, Director of Veteran Services at Kalamazoo Valley.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.