Veteran Education

Veteran Experience in the Workplace

Important Veteran Education Links:

Military training and experience coupled with the right education are a winning combination. In today’s economy, employers recognize and value the soft skills and experiences that many military veterans bring to the workforce; but more so than ever, veterans are finding that these traits and experiences still require additional training or post-secondary education.  This, along with the fact that a large portion of America’s workforce is nearing retirement, means that there is no better time to earn a college degree or certificate.

Education Financing Assistance

One of the most overwhelming barriers to an education is the cost.  However, military veterans can be eligible for a number of financial assistance programs and opportunities. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was enacted in 2008, millions of veterans have used their VA Education Benefits to earn a college degree and/or certificate.  In addition to your GI Bill benefits, you may be eligible for state, federal, and private education programs, scholarships, and college funds that can help you reach your goals.

Academic support programs for veterans provide assistance to get them started and to be successful.  According to The American Council on Education (ACE), “Almost all college campuses that have services for veterans and service members offer some type of academic support or student service designed specifically for these students”.  Aside from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits counseling, the most frequently cited services were financial aid/tuition assistance counseling and special campus social and/or cultural events.”

Veteran Education in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is a great place for veterans to seek educational opportunities. We are fortunate to have one of the Top Military Friendly Community Colleges in the nation, along with the largest university partnership in the State of Michigan.  Together, they offer over 27 Certificate Programs, 60+ Associates Degrees, and over 50 Bachelor/Masters/PhDs. 

One of our major goals is to attract and enroll currently serving veterans to bring them to northern Michigan Schools and secure excellent employment.  We seek to accomplish this effort by:

  • Improving college and university outreach to transitioning service members.
  • Improving opportunities for transfer students.
  • Increasing student veteran support capacity on northern Michigan campuses.
  • Increasing access to local and national job opportunities.
  • Growing veteran enrollment in the high demand/high reward occupations (nursing, aviation, UAV).  
  • Encouraging student veterans to clone themselves through peer mentorship and support.