SWIC named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly Schools list

11/17/2016 2:38:34 PM

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Military Friendly School 2017

Southwestern Illinois College has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. This is the fourth year the college has been recognized as a Military Friendly School®.

More than 1,700 higher education institutions participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded the designation in recognition of their support of the military community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. Military Friendly® schools represent the top tier of institutions who provide the best opportunities for military service members and spouses. Having the designation shows that your school is better for veterans with the admissions, student support and career services in place to prepare them for graduation and gainful employment.

“We proudly serve the largest student veteran population of any public institution in Illinois,” said President Georgia Costello, Ph.D. “Supporting veterans and military families is one of our top priorities. Not only do we assist veterans and their dependents with obtaining federal and state education benefits, we offer additional support for long-term success. We are honored to be recognized once again as a Military Friendly School for the support and programming we offer to our student veterans. Veterans are our heroes.”

SWIC offers veteran students services including:

Veterans & Career Services center – located on the Belleville Campus

This student center allows the college to better serve students by featuring one-on-one personalized assistance to process benefit requests and identify additional support needs, a student lounge, and career services that help veterans transition from the military to the civilian job market.

VetSuccess on Campus counselor

SWIC is one of just 94 schools nationwide to host a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs counselor on campus full time.

Annual Veterans Hiring Event

This job fair attracts more than 100 employers and assists student veterans and veteran alumni in securing employment and advancement opportunities. 

Student Veterans of America Chapter

This club provides support and advocacy for student veterans.

Get more information about veterans services offered at Southwestern Illinois College or call 618-235-2700, ext. 5226.