Three Nazarene schools recognized for embracing veterans as students
Friday, August 27, 2010
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Three Nazarene institutes of higher education were recently included in the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. This list is compiled annually by G. I. Jobs, and honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the U.S. which are doing the most to embrace the nation's veterans as students. The Nazarene schools on the list included Nazarene Bible College (NBC), Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Olivet Nazarene University.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools.

Being included on this list is especially important to NBC because the college is located in Colorado Springs, home of Fort Carson Army Post, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Today, because of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, veterans have virtually unlimited opportunity to go to college. A number of military personnel stationed in the Colorado Springs area are investigating NBC as a possible location for them to pursue college studies. The NBC online program makes it easy for them to pursue their studies, even when they are deployed to other locations and countries around the world.

Olivet's Director of Recruitment Rob Gibson believes their inclusion on the list reflects the school's dedication to recruiting students who will not only succeed in completing their degrees, but will provide a valuable contribution to the Olivet community.

"Veterans possess diverse life experiences and bring perspective, discipline, and maturity to the classroom and community as a whole," says Gibson. "They have dedicated a part of their lives to protect our freedom to provide an education with a Christian purpose.

"It only makes sense that we would respond by providing veterans with high-quality service in our recruiting and an academic experience that is true to our mission: Education with a Christian Purpose."

The tens of billions of dollars in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill last year has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.

"Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they're academically qualified," said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. "So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend."

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans and their spouses. The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G. I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

For a more detailed news release from G. I. Jobs, readers can go to militaryfriendlyschools.com. A list of all 1,200 institutions on the list may be found by clicking here.
--Nazarene Bible College, Olivet Nazarene University
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