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Southwestern College Named One of Nation's Most Military-Friendly Schools

Southwestern College this week was honored as one of the nation's top institutions for service members and veterans, according to G.I. Jobs. The College's honor recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

'After serving our country, this is Southwestern College's chance to serve our men and women in uniform,' Dr. Raj K. Chopra, Superintendent and President of Southwestern College, said in a statement. 'Our College is privileged to have students, faculty, staff and administrators who are service members and veterans. We are proud to educate our military students and help prepare them to transition into the workforce.'

According to the award, Southwestern College offers the financial support, flexibility and support services for military students to achieve success:

-Scholarships for military students and veterans •Students called to active service can return without penalty •Classroom-based programs on military installations •Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff •Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans

In June 2009, Southwestern College was awarded $100,000 from the American Council on Education to help promote the academic success of its veterans and their dependents. Currently, the College has 890 service members benefiting from receiving their G.I. educational benefits.

"The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience," Derek Blumke, President of Student Veterans of America and a member of the G.I. Jobs' list Academic Advisory Board, said in a statement.

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College serves approximately 20,000 students each semester and offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options.