State System universities offer a wide range of programs and services for military members, veterans, and their families.
Their efforts continue to receive national recognition. Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, this year named 13 of the universities “Military Friendly® Schools,” a designation awarded annually to colleges, universities, and trade schools in recognition of their efforts to ensure the academic success of military service members, veterans, and their spouses. Several of the universities have qualified for this select honor roll for multiple years in a row.
Additionally, Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine’s 2017 Guide to Top Colleges and Universities, which compares schools based on their military culture, financial assistance, flexibility, and on-campus and online support provided to students serving in the military, includes six State System universities.
Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities recently were awarded a competitive grant of more than $272,000 to establish the Troops to Teachers program, which will provide accelerated training toward teaching certification for veterans with bachelor's degrees. The universities are partnering with Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Chester Upland School District to provide a year-long residency program for these new educators. Veterans can earn a Pennsylvania instructional certificate to teach mathematics and the sciences in grades 7-12 and foreign languages across the K-12 spectrum. Veterans must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and register on the National Troops to Teachers registry to participate. Certification costs are discounted and application processing is expedited.
All 14 universities provide military veterans with preference in course scheduling. The universities also offer in-state tuition rates to qualified veterans and their dependents regardless of state residency status under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act.