The College of Southern Maryland has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® School Designation from Victory Media for attracting and supporting student veterans and spouses who are transitioning from the military to civilian workforce.
“It is an honor for the College of Southern Maryland to be recognized with this designation for the second time for services and support that we provide active-duty military and veterans, as well as their families in reaching their academic and career goals,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried.
With more than 786 students using Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits, CSM ranks fourth in the state for colleges serving current and former military service members and their families, according to Chris Zimmermann, director of the college's financial assistance department which oversees its veteran affairs office.
To learn about how CSM supports active-duty and military veteran students, the college's Veteran's Affairs Coordinator Robert Henry and a representative of the CSM Veterans Organization will be available to answer questions from 1 to 4 p.m., Nov. 9 at the La Plata Campus, Nov. 11 at the Leonardtown Campus and Nov. 13 at the Prince Frederick Campus.
The college is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, so that eligible veterans, servicepersons and certain dependents of veterans can receive VA educational benefits for credit certificate and associate degree programs as well as some Workforce Development programs.
According to Victory Media, the Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
CSM's outreach includes an active student veterans' organization, which is a chapter of Student Veterans Association, a non-profit coalition of more than 700 student veteran organizations on college campuses globally with a mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. The organization is an inclusive, non-partisan group that supports all CSM student veterans and their dependents associated with all branches of the uniformed military services.
The college is involved in and supports community partnerships and events such as the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown or sponsoring Annmarie Garden's Military Night to provide free admission for active duty military personnel and their immediate family during its annual Garden in Lights.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Criteria for consideration are at www.militaryfriendly.com.
CSM also offers a 15 percent discount of tuition for individual fitness and pool memberships for veterans. Details are available at www.csmd.edu/go/fit.
For information on Veteran and Military Support Services, visit www.csmd.edu/veterans.
CSM Student Veteran Information Table. 1-4 p.m., Nov. 11. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, B Building, Student Lounge Area, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown Learn how CSM supports active-duty and military veteran students from the college?s Veteran's Affairs Coordinator Robert Henry and a representative of the CSM Veterans Organization. Free. 301-934-7656, RHenry@csmd.edu or 301-934-7703, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSM Student Veteran Information Table. 1-4 p.m., Nov. 13. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building A, Lobby, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Learn how CSM supports active-duty and military veteran students from the college's Veteran's Affairs Coordinator Robert Henry and a representative of the CSM Veterans Organization. Free. 301-934-7656, RHenry@csmd.edu or 301-934-7703, email@example.com.