Potomac State Receives Military Friendly Schools Designation for 4th Consecutive Year
Potomac State College of WVU recognized its student and employee veterans with an appreciation breakfast this past Veterans Day. Pictured from left are: Business Technology Instructor and Student Veteran’s Organization Co-Advisor Katrina Westfall; Students Michael Myers, Gabriel Thomas, Alexander Pondexter, Raymond Delawder; Student Involvement and Activities Coordinator Edward Brown, Ph.D.; Students Chris Sphar, Garrett Beasom; Guest Speaker Colonel Frank Roleff (Army); Student Anthony Short; Criminal Justice Instructor and Student Veteran’s Organization Co-Advisor Nicklaus Goff, and Natalie Beasom, spouse of Garrett who also served in the military. This event is sponsored by Student Life.
Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University is pleased to announce that it has been named to the 2017 Military Friendly® Schools list for the fourth consecutive year by Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
The designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
“We recognize the sacrifices of our veterans and the investment they’ve made in our futures and pledge that we will continue to support veterans by investing in their futures as well. During the previous years, as a military friendly campus, Potomac State has dedicated numerous amenities for use by veterans and will continue to enrich and create additional amenities as needed,” stated Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff.
The College previously introduced a number of veteran-specific initiatives including: providing a veterans advocate in Enrollment Services; recognizing graduating veterans with red, white and blue cords during commencement; designating campus parking spaces for military service members and veterans only; establishing a student veterans organization; and establishing a veterans lounge on campus for military service and veteran students to congregate and study in between classes. The College also established a versatile two-year, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Technical Studies: General that accepts credit for military training. Additionally, the College gives priority preregistration for students receiving veteran’s benefits as well as the College’s commitment to the 5-Star Challenge, a call to action for West Virginia’s two- and four-year institutions to adopt a set of exemplary standards for supporting student veterans.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community.
Military service members and veterans can contact Enrollment Services at 304-788-6872 or 800-262-7332 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information regarding admission to Potomac State College.