(WACO) — Thousands of military men and women make sacrifices to fight for our country’s freedom. Yet, while they commit themselves to their country, many must postpone their education. Perhaps that’s why in recent years colleges and universities across the nation have committed to providing student veterans with more opportunities to further their education.
That’s what Texas State Technical College did, and now it’s been recognized as a top college for veterans.
Military Times EDGE magazine recently published the “Best for Vets: Career and Technical Colleges 2013,” and TSTC was among the top 15 on the national list. Ranked No. one in Texas and 11th in the nation overall, TSTC was recognized as one of the best colleges for veterans.
More than 650 universities, community colleges and career and technical colleges nationwide responded to the magazine’s survey, which covered several categories. Kathy Chastain, director of Veterans Services at TSTC (and also a veteran), completed the survey with information regarding on-campus benefits and assistance for student veterans. The magazine scored the answers based on what student veterans value most in a college.
Some of the benefits TSTC was noted for include an on-campus Veterans Office and academic support such as special withdrawal and re-enrollment for deploying service members. The list also highlighted TSTC’s high graduation rate for student veterans.
“We are proud of our veterans,” said TSTC President Dr. Elton E. Stuckly Jr. “We strive to provide our veteran students with the services they need in a higher education environment.”
Chastain added that she believes the ample assistance TSTC has available for veterans attracts more military students to the college.
“People do research. Every potential student is looking for a school that can provide them with the best benefits, especially veterans,” Chastain said. “TSTC offers those benefits. We do a lot for them academically, but most of all, we care about them.”