Collin College’s commitment to military service members was recognized by three top veteran-oriented publications in 2015. The honors reflect the college’s work to make its campuses and programs welcoming to veterans, reservists and active duty military.
“Supporting our service men and women in their transition to college is a priority at Collin College. A variety of resources and academic services are available to ensure our student veterans are successful in meeting their educational goals,” Collin College Executive Vice President Brenda Kihl said.
The college was named a “2016 Military Friendly® School” by Victory Media, honored as a “2016 Best for Vets College” for the second year in a row by Military Times, and recognized as a “Top School” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities for the fourth consecutive year. Each publication looked at the college’s veteran- and military-related services and programs.
The district works diligently to ensure that veterans have the support they need to get the most out of their college experience. The college served more than 1,300 veterans in fiscal year 2014. The college’s Veterans Resource Center (www.collin.edu/studentresources/veteransresources ) offers information on financial aid, Veterans Affairs education benefits, personal counseling and membership in the Student Veterans of America. The resource page also offers a convenient portal for Collin College students to access external resources and community partners.
The district’s efforts also extend into the classroom, with veteran-centered courses offered each semester. The classes are “military-friendly” with professors who are aware of special circumstances such as impending deployment of students, IRR status, VA regulations and GI Bill education benefits.