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CSU, Chico Named to Military Friendly Schools List for Fourth Year

Date: 09-13-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s support for veterans has been recognized for a fourth year in a row with an honor accordedthe top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country.

Victory Media has named CSU, Chico to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list for outstanding practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

For full information about the list, go to www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

Victory Media is a veteran-owned business that surveys and rates institutions for practices assisting members of military transitioning into civilian life. Its lists of vet-friendly schools and employers have been published since 2003 in G.I. Jobs and other magazines.

The Military Friendly Schools list is based on a survey of more than 10,000 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide. The findings were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based on methodology established by Victory Media with the assistance of an advisory board comprised of educators across the country.

“This recognition is due to the efforts of many service providers and supporters throughout campus and our partners in the community,” said Larry Langwell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs at CSU, Chico.

Some of the services available to CSU, Chico veterans are

  • Chico State Student Veterans of America (SVO) – founded in 1967 and revitalized in 2004, one of the 20 inaugural chapters of the Student Veterans of America, which was founded in 2008.
  • Office of Veterans Affairs – compliance with VA education benefits through collaboration with Admissions, Financial Aid, Financial Services, Academic Advising, Office of the Registrar, Academic Departments and many other services.
  • Veteran Education Support Team (VEST) – created in 2007 to advocate for student veterans and promote success throughout the transition to college and into a career.
  • Student Veteran Center – opened in 2010, a place exclusively for student veterans to share their unique culture.

Langwell said the SVO is involved in many campus and community activities, including a Veterans Day observance held on campus, a fall reception for student veterans, and events related to this year’s Book in Common, “The Yellow Birds,” a novel written by an Iraq war veteran.