Hawkeye Selected as Military Friendly School for Fourth Year in a Row

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College made the coveted Military Friendly Schools list for the fourth year in a row. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The 1,868 colleges, universities, and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.

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. Tens of billions of dollars in education benefits are available for veterans and in some cases, their dependents. The percentage of veterans who use their military benefits to attend college increased has increased dramatically in the past years. During the 2011-2012 school year, Hawkeye served 323, which is a large increase of recipients of GI Bill benefits.

Hawkeye Community College is leading the way to help veterans make an easy transition to college. As an educational institution, Hawkeye has earned its reputation for high-quality and affordable tuition. An item of special interest to veteran and military personnel is Hawkeye’s online Liberal Arts program, which can be completed anywhere. The small class sizes offer more individualized attention for those seeking to expand their skills and education to increase job opportunities. The college offers a wide range of classes, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Hawkeye has many resources for veterans including a personalized approach to transitioning into the academic environment, tutoring, and campus-based disability and counseling services. Another unique service Hawkeye offers is that veterans’ services are provided with a central point of contact, making it easy for a one-stop-shop approach for determining funding and resources. 

Hawkeye has been in the forefront addressing the military student’s needs for many years. This includes hosting Veterans career fairs, providing faculty and staff training on veteran’s issues in the classroom, veterans’ resource events, creating a veterans’ task force. and supporting the Cedar Rapids Veterans Center Mobile Unit on campus, etc.

Hawkeye’s Veterans Services coordinator is Robin Knight. Knight has many years of experience in working with student veterans. The office of Veterans Services, located in the upper level of Hawkeye Center, coordinates the college's services to the military and veteran students and their families. For more information, contact Knight at 319-296-2329, ext. 1212.