Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville Named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine

KINGSVILLE - August 21, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

National honor ranks university in top 15 percent of colleges, universities, trade schools

When it comes to centers of higher education that cater to serving the needs of veterans, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is among the best in the nation.

A&M-Kingsville has made the 2010 Military Friendly Schools List compiled by G.I. Jobs magazine.

According to a news release from the magazine, the list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Earning a college education as a serviceman and a veteran is a subject of particular importance to me,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville. “I earned my bachelor and master’s degree on the G.I. Bill and my doctoral degree while serving on active duty. The G.I. Bill benefits I received were critical in furthering my education.

“I think it’s essential that Texas A&M-Kingsville make every effort to encourage students with military backgrounds to come to our campus. They have much to contribute to the campus community, and we should make educational opportunities as convenient for them as possible.”

Interim registrar George W. Weir noted that the university has always made it a priority to provide exceptional service to veterans, active duty personnel and their dependents. “We have the Kingsville Naval Air Station located in our town and we are only 40 miles from several other military activities. We are familiar with their responsibilities and tasks, therefore, we strive to help them anyway we can to achieve their educational goals.” 

Some of the efforts Weir said the university makes to aid its military students include:

  • Staff dedicated to work with active duty military, veterans and their dependents
  • Striving to keep current on all educational benefits that affect military personnel and their dependents, so the university can advise them on their entitlements (VA as well as state and federal financial aid) 
  • Implementing automation that allows the university to certify the student’s benefits to speed up the approval process 
  • Awarding credit for military training
  • Participating in the Service Members Opportunity Program
  • Providing in-state residency tuition to military members and dependents that are stationed in the State of Texas 
  • Offering residential scholarships to students going into the ROTC program who were dependents of military personnel
  • Matching scholarships awarded to dependents of active duty personnel stationed in the area 
  • Implementing the state program that allows Texas veterans to transfer their benefits to their child 
  • Academic advising and career counseling services available to assist the veteran, active duty personnel and their dependents 
  • Having procedures in place to ensure favorable treatment should a military member be deployed

“We have veterans throughout our university and we understand the sacrifices and sometimes-unique situations veterans and military personnel encounter. 

“We are proud of our service to our military men and women and strive to improve that service.”                 

About the Military Friendly Schools list

The Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last May during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute.

About G.I. Jobs magazine

G.I. Jobs is a magazine serving the needs of military transitioners and military veterans. Through its profiles and news stories, the magazine helps these people explore different career options and also provides advice on the personal side of military transition and assists them in the nuts and bolts of finding a new career through resume-writing and interview skills. Some of the editorial themes covered in the magazine are moving, personal finance, gift ideas, education, corporate America, defense contracting jobs and consumer electronics. It is published by Victory Media, Inc.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in September. A new web site, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs.

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