NOVA has been named a top veteran-friendly school for 2015 by U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM) for the fifth consecutive year. USVM reviewed results from an extensive survey of hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies to educational institutions to create the Best of the Best 2015.
As an active member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, NOVA’s Office of Military Services (OMS) has continually assisted active duty service members, veterans and family members to achieve their education and career goals.
Military Services Acting Director Takesha McMiller said an increase in military student enrollment is a true testament of NOVA’s strong commitment to veteran success and education.
“During this past graduation, we had a total of 657 veteran students receive their degree, which is a significant increase from the 555 veteran students who graduated in 2014,” said McMiller. “In terms of college enrollment, for all of our six campuses, we have a veteran population of 7,350. This includes active military and those who have identified themselves as veterans.”
With grant funding from the United Way of the National Capital Area to support NOVA’s Veteran Student Success Program, OMS hired Ronny Romero as the transitional veterans advising coach. Romero said the feedback he has received from the veteran student community has been positive based upon several new initiatives the College has implemented to inform and educate not only students, but faculty and staff as well.
“OMS has created and distributed veteran handbooks to faculty and students to help them understand military culture and terms,” Romero said. “This resource has been helpful for faculty and staff members to better understand and relate to veteran students. We are also in the process of developing online faculty and staff training.”
In addition to offering professional development resources, NOVA has partnered with Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Veterans Employment Initiative to offer a 10-month program designed to help veteran students gain workforce experience and skills. The program, VETWORKING 2015, selects students in good academic standing to work with the MITRE Corporation at no cost to participants.
As a top veteran-friendly school, McMiller said NOVA is the first educational institution NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative has partnered with to offer this competitive program to veteran students.
USVM also honors the nation’s “Best of the Best” top veteran-friendly companies, top supplier diversity programs, top veteran-friendly franchises, top veteran-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, along with the top government and law enforcement agencies.