Johnson State College has been designated a “Military Friendly School” for its demonstrated commitment to supporting student veterans on campus and in their careers.
JSC is one of approximately 1,600 American colleges and universities that have earned the “military friendly” designation from Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that assesses schools on their programs and services for veterans and bestows the designation on qualifying schools at no cost.
Founded in 2001, Victory Media works with educators and employers to attract veterans as students and employees, comply with regulations and develop leading practices in military programs.
“The ‘military friendly’ designation proves what many military students and their families already know: that Johnson State is a place where veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflicts can come to share their knowledge and skills in a supportive, close-knit community and gain the college education and degrees they deserve,” said Dave Bergh, dean of student life and college relations.
This is not the first time JSC has been recognized for its support of military students and families. Efforts by JSC Student Government Association President Shane Bouthillette in 2013-14 led to his appointment by Gov. Peter Shumlin to a two-year term on the state’s Veterans Advisory Council. (Bouthillette, who graduated from JSC in 2014, is a member of the Vermont National Guard.)
Also in 2013, the college received a $10,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation that enabled JSC to:
Establish a course entitled “The Military Experience: To War and Back” that explores the role of the military in modern society with an emphasis on the effects of service on those who serve.
Revamp the admissions process for military students and create materials specifically for veterans and military students.
Sponsor a military student organization and community-wide events to recognize the service of military students and veterans.
Dedicate a space on campus for veterans’ use.
Continue as an outpost of the South Burlington Vet Center on Fridays, providing counseling and information about veterans’ benefits to students and area community members who otherwise would have to travel to centers in Burlington or White River Junction.