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August 25, 2009

UPJ honored for veterans services

Pitt-Johnstown has been designated a 2010 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

The designation is reserved for the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States that are reaching out to veterans as students.

In May, Pitt-Johnstown announced the creation of its MountainCat Veterans Program, which assists veterans in making a successful transition to college.

The MVP offers benefits including accelerated admission review and application fee waivers, priority registration, deferred tuition payments, credit evaluation, a veterans support group, free on-campus parking and single point-of-contact in administrative and student services departments.

MVP participants also are provided with special membership identification cards designating them as Pitt-Johnstown MVPs.

The program, which is administered by Alan Teich, vice president for academic affairs, is a collaborative effort of many units across the campus that comprise the Veterans Support Council.

Pitt-Johnstown enrolls about 55 veterans per semester.

In addition to providing benefits such as on-campus veterans’ programs and credit for military service, criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include efforts and academic accreditations and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students.

The list was compiled through research from more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory committee consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute.

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