Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Welcoming veterans back to school

So far 23 institutions of higher education throughout our state have pledged to do all they can to support veterans returning to school.  More than 60,000 military people are stationed in the state of Washington. For them, whose jobs are to risk their lives protecting the rest of us, this is one small way to say thanks.

In the fall of 2009, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state Department of Veterans Affairs upholding her commitment to help veterans and their families succeed in their higher education goals.  Along with the governor, the MOU was also signed by top representatives from the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, The Evergreen State College, the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, and St. Martin’s University representing the Independent Colleges of Washington.

The MOU ensures that colleges, universities and training facilities promote a culture that supports and understands the unique needs of veterans and their family members.

Three colleges and one university got on board within a couple of months of the original signing, then twelve more made the commitment in 2010, five last year and two so far this year, with a third scheduled to join the others in June. Find out who’s on the list here.

You can read the Seattle Times’ story on the latest one to follow suit, Seattle Central Community College, which signed the MOU just last week.

To read this story in Spanish, click here.

Photo: United States Department of Veterans Affairs