GIJobs.com Schools Matchmaker puts more than 4,000 schools at the fingertips of veterans and military families, including this year’s elite group of Military Friendly® Schools
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Pittsburgh, PA (September 23, 2014): Victory Media, originator of the Military Friendly® group of education and career resources for veterans and their families, announced their list of 2015 Military Friendly® Schools on MilitaryFriendly.com and the all-new Schools Matchmaker tool on GIJobs.com. The online Schools Matchmaker enables student veterans and prospective military students to review more than 4,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, as well as schools that have earned the elite Military Friendly® Schools designation. This year, the list of approximately 1,600 Military Friendly® Schools highlights those institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students. Schools earned rights to the coveted Military Friendly® trademarked designation via qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment. Both the assessment and rights to the Military Friendly® designation are made available to qualifying schools at no cost.
The experience of one military veteran who recently transitioned into the private sector provides a roadmap for how Post-9/11 veterans can use these tools to launch their civilian careers. “Syracuse University has been a part of my life since I graduated from high school in 1998,” said David Gaulin, Project Manager at Comcast. “I earned my undergraduate degree there before commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and later earned my master’s degree and professional certifications through Syracuse’s distance-based offerings as a Military Friendly® School. After serving 12 years in the Air Force, my education at Syracuse gave me a terrific on-ramp for my new job with Comcast, a committed Military Friendly® Employer.”
For the first time ever, prospective military students can see comprehensive information about schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding, as well as which schools have volunteered to be objectively measured through the Military Friendly® Schools survey process. The free, mobile-optimized Schools Matchmaker allows prospective military students to create a customized list of schools based on their unique preferences. With one click, prospective students can view schools that meet their individual search criteria, as well as a short sub-list of qualifying schools designated as Military Friendly®. Schools in the Matchmaker tool have the option to include information just for military students, including student veteran and alumni “success profiles” and live student reviews.
“Our goal is to get all 8,000 schools approved for taxpayer-backed Post-9/11 GI Bill funding into the Schools Matchmaker in 2015, and to have them participate in our free survey assessment,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The more transparent schools are in what they offer, the better decisions military students can make with their hard-earned benefits—and the more we can share leading practices among schools.”
In its sixth consecutive year, the Military Friendly® Schools list is the only resource based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board, and graded by an automated research suite. A complete description of our methodology, advisory board and complimentary services is available at MilitaryFriendly.com/FAQ. G.I. Jobs® is the primary resource for service members and veterans seeking education and employment opportunities. Free tools like the new Schools Matchmaker on GIJobs.com are used by hundreds of thousands of members of the military community each year.
For additional information about Military Friendly® or to request a free survey assessment, please visit us at VictoryMedia.com/contact. To learn more about Victory Media, its advocacy and family of brands, visit www.VictoryMedia.com.
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About Military Friendly® Schools
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 school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and is open to all schools who wish to participate. The survey is now open year-round. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website: http://www.militaryfriendly.com.
About Victory Media
A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business since 2001, Victory Media has worked tirelessly to establish our Military Friendly® designation as a trusted, free resource to assist service members and their families seeking civilian success. Our assessment survey process is now open year-round and delivered to schools as a complimentary service, along with rights for qualifying schools to use the basic Military Friendly® Schools logo and to receive a free, basic listing in our annual list publication and in our online Schools Matchmaker tool.
For additional information or to arrange interviews contact:
BP Media Relations, LLC
Barbara Pflughaupt at 212-707-8282 or Judee Cohen at 917-721-0663