Penn State Schuylkill announced today that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School for the fourth consecutive year by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.
According to a November 5, 2015 press release: Victory Media, originator of Military Friendly® education and career resources for veterans and their families including G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse media, released their 2016 Military Friendly® Schools and 2016 Military Friendly® Employers on MilitaryFriendly.com today. Now in its 13th year for companies and seventh year for post-secondary schools, Victory Media's Military Friendly® ratings recognize colleges and companies with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.
Institutions of higher learning competed for the title by completing an extensive survey covering ten indicators of success, including:
- Support for student veterans on campus,
- Graduation and employment outcomes, and
- Military spouse policies.
Companies were surveyed about key programs and policies, such as:
- The strength of military recruiting efforts,
- Percentage of new hires with prior military service
- Retention programs for veterans, and
- Policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
The Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers are featured on the website, along with new category awards for the Top 25 schools by institution type.
"We live in an era when the value of military service in the professional world is unquestioned and unmatched," said Chris Hale, a Navy veteran and Chairman and Co-Founder of Victory Media. "Veterans are graduates of the premier training institution in the world, but they need a consistent and predictable standard that lets them make good choices for major life decisions like where to work or where to enroll in school. The mission of Military Friendly® is to create maximum professional opportunity for them and other members of the military community."
Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran adds: "Those earning the 2016 Military Friendly® designation demonstrate a strong connection between classroom learning and career development. They're moving the needle beyond 'why recruit military' to translating military competencies into training and positive employment after graduation."