Since its founding in pre-Vietnam War era, John Jay College has long been home to countless veterans seeking to launch or advance post-military college educations and careers. This month, that longstanding relationship earned an official stamp of approval when the College was designated as a “military friendly school” by GI Jobs magazine.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“This is great news — yet another ‘gift’ to the College,” said President Jeremy Travis, who chairs the Ad Hoc CUNYwide Task Force on Veterans Affairs.
Director of Counseling Calvin Chin, who was instrumental in pursuing the designation for John Jay, pointed out that being named “military friendly” means the College has been recognized for providing veterans with the best services, programs, scholarships, discounts, clubs, networking and staff. “We’re in exclusive company,” Chin noted. “Last year, only three City University colleges qualified for the list.”
According to Chin, John Jay currently has an estimated 600 students who are military veterans, and is in the process of hiring a Veterans Services Coordinator. The College has an existing Veterans Resource Center in North Hall, with a “safe room” or lounge area where veterans can congregate and relax.
“Being designated as a military friend school should be a great tool for student recruitment,” said Chin. “Colleges can create and upload personal profiles onto the GIJobs.com Web site, so that veterans looking for the kind of education John Jay excels at can find us and know right away that they will have a welcoming and supportive environment here.”
On October 2, 15 John Jay students will be the first to take part in a resiliency workshop sponsored by the Fordham University Edge4Vets program, which trains veterans how to translate their military strengths into educational and career strengths. The workshop will be held in the Administrative Conference Room, Room L.61 of the New Building.