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Pitt-Johnstown Earns "Military Friendly" Status

Pitt-Johnstown Earns "Military Friendly" Status

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2011 MFS   The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, for the second year in a row, has been designated a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs.  The designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

    "We have tremendous respect and appreciation for our military veterans, who have given so selflessly of themselves in defending our freedom," commented Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar. "This prestigious honor is shared by our entire campus community, including our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and, especially, our military veterans."

    The Military Friendly designation recognizes Pitt-Johnstown's commitment to assisting veterans in making the transition to college.  The school's signature MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP), in its second year of existence, offers benefits to veterans ranging from accelerated admission review and application fee waivers, to priority registration and expedited credit evaluation.  Through the Pitt-Johnstown Veterans' Support Council, administrators in key student services and administrative departments have been specially trained to address the needs of returning veterans and serve as primary points of contact in those areas. 

   The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as Keith Wilson, VA’s director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP); and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America.

   “This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. 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.”

   Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”

   Information on Pitt-Johnstown's MVP is available at

   Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2011), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 8/16/2010 8:30:00 AM