Collin College has been recognized by three top veterans publications for its continued commitment to military service members and their families. The college serves more than 1,200 veterans and military family members throughout the college district.
Collin College was named a Military Times’ Best for Vets College, was honored as a Top School in the Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges and Universities and was recognized as a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. Each of these distinctions was announced in November.
“Military service men and women who attend Collin College have the full support of the College community as they pursue their academic goals,” said Collin College Executive Vice President Dr. Brenda Kihl. “The district takes pride in offering resources and services to assist our student veterans in their transition into college.”
This is the second year Collin College has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. The district has been honored as a Best for Vets College by the Military Times for three years in a row and as a Top School by MAE&T for five years. Each publication looked at the college’s veteran- and military-related services and programs, with focuses on outreach, tracking and assistance.
Collin College’ Veterans Resource Center provides pertinent information to service member students in person and online. The VRC offers study and computer stations for veteran use, while also providing a chance to network with others who have served. The VRC webpage (www.collin.edu/studentresources/veteransresources) offers information on financial aid, Veterans Affairs education benefits, personal counseling and membership in an active Student Veterans of America chapter. The resource page also offers a convenient portal for Collin College students to access external resources and community partners.
The district’s efforts also extend into the classroom, with veteran-centered courses offered each semester. The classes are “military-friendly” with professors who are aware of special circumstances such as impending deployment of students, individual ready reserve status, Veterans Administration regulations and GI Bill education benefits.
Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.