MountainCat Veterans Program

The MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP) recognizes the service performed by United States military veterans, and assists them in making a successful transition into the student population. This program represents Pitt-Johnstown’s deep commitment to serving current and former members of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) who served on active duty.

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Military Links

The MVP is a collaboration of many units across the campus that compose the Veterans Support Council. Pitt-Johnstown is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Our commitment to veterans and active-duty military men and women has earned Pitt-Johnstown the prestigious distinction of being named a "Military Friendly School" by GI Jobs magazine. 

Currently, our campus has 54 veteran students and 12 ROTC members.

Benefits at a Glance

  • Accelerated Admission Review This application process has been developed through the Office of Advanced and Continuing Education, in which veterans are provided the opportunity to begin an academic program on either a part-time or full-time basis. Students who enroll through the Office of Advanced and Continuing Education benefit from communication geared to their nontraditional situations and needs, personalized academic advising, and assistance with transfer into traditional academic divisions at Pitt-Johnstown. The standard Application Fee is waived for all veterans.
  • Priority Registration MVP participants are provided with special priority status enabling them to register before the general student population.
    This provides you with the opportunity to register for popular classes that typically fill very early during the open registration period.

Military Friendly

  • Flexible Tuition Payment Options Participants who have been approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) can take advantage of flexible payment options until tuition funding from the government is received. The participant can then pay his/her tuition bill without penalty by making arrangements with the Business Office.
  • Credit Evaluation Credits earned from previous course work, including through military service, can be evaluated for potential transfer to Pitt-Johnstown. Transcripts will be evaluated closely in order to maximize the number of credits awarded. Eligible applicants may benefit from the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Single Points-of-Contact

Specially trained individuals have been designated as your primary points of contact in several student services and administrative departments, which comprise the Veterans Support Council:

Shawn Brooks, PhD
Vice President, Student Life
Voice: 814-269-7062
Joyce Radovanic
Executive Director, Auxiliary Services
Voice: 814-269-7114
Mark Dougherty
Director, Housing and Residential Life
Voice: 814-269-7115
Amanda Reed
Director, Business Office/Billing
Voice: 814-269-7040
Janet Grady, DrPH, ANEF, FAAN
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Voice: 814-269-2078
Christian Stumpf
Registrar
Voice: 814-269-7055
Therese Grimes
Executive Director, Admissions Welcome Center
Voice: 814-269-7050
Penny Suwak
Director, RealWorld Career Services
Voice: 814-269-7900
Theresa Horner, EdD
Executive Director, Health and Counseling Services
Voice: 814-269-7119
Joni Trovato
Director, Financial Aid
Voice: 814-269-7045
Stephanie Korber
MVP Director, Advanced and Continuing Education
Voice: 814-269-7074
Major Mike Zabrzeski
ROTC Regional Director
Voice: 724-838-8034 
Paul Newman, PhD
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Voice: 814-269-2075
Eric Zangaglia
Chief of Police, Campus Safety and Security
Voice: 814-269-7005
Laura Perry-Thompson
Senior Officer, Equity and Inclusion
Voice: 814-269-7070
 

Additional Benefits and Services
As an MVP, you are also eligible for:

  • Free parking
  • Discounts on clothing items in the Pitt-Johnstown Bookstore
  • Four general admission tickets to one show at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center each season (Tickets subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply that are out of Pitt-Johnstown’s control.)
  • Annual President’s Veterans Day dinner for you and a guest
  • Fellowship and networking opportunities through the Pitt-Johnstown Veterans Support Group

In order to qualify for participation in the MountainCat Veterans Program, individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the GI Bill.

Act 46 of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined by the Act, with preference in course scheduling.  Non-compliance may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by submitting the Higher Education Student Complaint form found at www.education.state.pa.us.