SVA has again been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, which recognizes higher education institutions around the country that embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and work to ensure their success on campus, as well as success in graduation and employment outcomes.
“Those earning the 2016 Military Friendly designation demonstrate a strong connection between classroom learning and career development,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veteran. “They’re moving the needle beyond ‘why recruit military’ to translating military competencies into training and positive employment after graduation.”
“SVA is proud to be designated a Military Friendly School,” said assistant registrar for academic records Gemma Prosper-Brown, who specializes in counseling veterans at the College and was elected to the board of the National Association of Veteran Program Administrators (NAVPA) in 2014. “We welcome all members of the military family to our campus, and I am honored to serve those who have served.”
Veterans are central to SVA’s history. In 1947, upon returning from WWII, the late Silas H. Rhodes co-founded the College with support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The majority of the original 35 students were veterans.
SVA’s veteran population has grown in recent years as troops have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Veteran Coalition of Arts, a collective of veterans studying at SVA, provides a source of community and visibility for these students, as does the College’s chapter of Student Veterans of America.
For more information about SVA’s “Military Friendly School” distinction, click here.