DEARBORN — Henry Ford College is one of 28 Michigan educational institutions — of 57 considered — to receive gold level status by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
All 57 schools were named a Veteran-Friendly Schoolby the MVAA.
The VFS program formally recognizes educational institutions that commit to meet the needs of veterans and their dependents. VFS promotes best practices by awarding gold-level, silver-level and bronze-level status to educational institutions that offer veteran-centric programs and services, such as on-campus veterans coordinators, staffed veterans centers and credit for military training and experience.
Each level signifies an increased commitment in supporting veterans and their dependents on campus. HFC has achieved the highest level.
“Nearly half of this year’s veteran-friendly schools achieved a gold-level designation, which is a huge achievement,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “Whether schools offer an active student veterans club, on-campus support staff, accelerated learning programs for military experience or all of the above and more, veterans attending these institutions have a variety of services and resources available to them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”
Through the VFS program, veterans and their dependents will be able to quickly identify and attend the educational institutions that offer the support and services needed for them to reach their academic goals.
The VFS designation criteria for certification include:
• On-campus veterans coordinator or staffed veterans center.
• Active student veterans club or association.
• Processes to identify current student veterans on campus;
• Systems to evaluate and award credit based on prior military training and experience.
• A well-maintained veteran-specific website.
• Evaluation of student veterans academic retention, completion and graduation rates.
• Knowledge of student veterans job placement rates post-graduation.
“As more veterans transition out of the military and into civilian life,” HFC President Stan Jensen said, “we want to provide them a place to further their education and give them the necessary support and resources needed to adjust to civilian life. This is the very least we can do for our veterans after they’ve served their country.”
To learn more about HFC’s Office of Veterans Services, call 313-845-9688 or go to www.hfcc.edu/veterans.