ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Because of strong veteran outreach and services, Central Washington University was named a military-friendly school for 2011 by the magazine, G.I. Jobs. It is the second consecutive year CWU has earned the honor. In the past year, the number of veterans in the student body increased by 200 percent to 309 students. The CWU Veteran’s Center receives about 660 requests from veteran students seeking information about CWU.
The list of schools recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that provide the most comprehensive services and aid to veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
“Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get education. The military-friendly schools list is that trusted friend,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “The G.I. Bill allows veterans to enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified.”
CWU recently opened a new Veteran’s Center where student veterans can access a variety of academic and financial services, do their homework at a computer kiosk or simply hang out in the lounge inside the center. Other services include academic advising, veteran certification, program and career planning, transitional services, and other benefits. The center is located in the Psychology Building, room 463.
All veterans who are state residents and show financial need earn a grant of $1,500 from CWU.
The “military friendly” moniker applies to the CWU campus climate in general. Along with strong veteran assistance, CWU also has award-winning Air Force and Army programs for the Reserve Officer Training Corps. CWU President James L. Gaudino graduated from the Air Force Academy and served in Turkey and Germany. Three of CWU’s student government representatives are also veterans: President Gabriel Munoz, Army, Executive Vice President Chris Goehner, Navy, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Stayback, Army. One of Central’s most famous alumni is a military leader. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, a 1971 graduate of Central, is commander of United States Central Command.
To find out more about veteran educational opportunities at CWU, go to www.cwu.edu/~regi/veteran/index.html. To find out more about CWU’s ROTC programs, visit www.cwu.edu/~roo (Army) or www.cwu.edu/~afrotc/ (Air Force).
G.I. Jobs is a veteran-owned publication located in Pittsburgh, Pa. It compiles several helpful lists, including military-friendly employers, military spouse-friendly employers and best corporations for veteran-owned businesses. It can be found online at www.gijobs.com.