TSTC West Texas awarded Military Friendly Schools title for third straight year
Texas State Technical College West Texas has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list for the third straight year. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows TSTC West Texas’ commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs.“TSTC West Texas is honored to serve our active duty military and Veteran students. We are enormously proud of our students who have served our country with distinction,” said TSTC West Texas President Gail Lawrence. “TSTC West Texas looks forward to continuing to grow our outreach to this special group of students. We are tremendously pleased to be recognized as Military Friendly School serving the local needs of Big Country active duty and Veteran students. The services we provide are only a small token of appreciation for the tremendous debt we owe those who protect our freedoms.”Veteran enrollment at TSTC West Texas has increased more than 86% this fall. The school remains focused on providing top-notch services and education opportunities for military members and their families. In June, TSTC West Texas hosted a free culinary class for spouses of deployed military members. The class was a huge success and plans for additional classes are in the works. In January, TSTC West Texas held a Veterans Open House, specifically designed to connect area veterans with employers and education opportunities. TSTC West Texas has strong ties to Dyess AFB, where TSTC programs are showcased monthly at the Base Exchange. Additionally, TSTC West Texas continues to forge relationships with local VA personnel, which visit campus twice a month to provide counseling services to veterans and their families. TSTC West Texas is working with the Texas Workforce Commission to become a partner in the College Credit for Heroes Program and has recently launched a student veteran organization. TSTC West Texas will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in October.