THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
OKLAHOMA CITY — G.I. Jobs magazine has named Oklahoma City University a Military Friendly School for 2010.
The designation puts OCU in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide based on the magazine’s research and survey results.
“On behalf of the eight million military members and veterans seeking a school, I thank you for your commitment to educating our nation’s most deserving heroes,” the letter to OCU from publisher Rich McCormack states.
Admissions Director Michelle Lockhart said the designation is evidence of OCU’s goal of helping students obtain first-class education.
“Those who serve our country with honor deserve the best education they can find,” Lockhart said. “We’re happy to help them with their educational needs, and proud that a media voice of these students has recognized our commitment.”
The university has taken several steps to establish itself as a prime educational option for active duty military personnel, Reservists, National Guard members and military veterans. Two of the major additions include the creation of the Military Affinity Group and participation in the Yellow Ribbon tuition assistance program.
The Military Affinity Group was established in the spring thanks primarily to the efforts of student and military veteran Derek Gordon. The group intends to help military personnel and veterans find funding for their education and to serve as a social network for the students. The group is also a sounding board for military students to express their concerns and offer feedback on additional steps the university could take.
OCU was recently approved to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a tuition assistance agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under the program, the university agrees to help cover tuition that exceeds the amount granted under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
OCU is currently working on a Web site to help military students get information about the university.