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

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Veterans find Hawkeye an Appealing Institution with Many Benefits

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College made the coveted Military Friendly Schools list for the third year in a row. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to guide and embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year through improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

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 passage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill has enabled many veterans to afford a college education. According to federal data, the percentage of veterans who use their military benefits to attend college increased from 30 to 72 percent nationally from 2000 to 2006.

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. During the 2010-2011 school year, Hawkeye served 253 recipients of GI Bill benefits. 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. The college 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, workshops targeting faculty and staff training on veteran’s issues in the classroom, creating a veterans’ task force, supporting the Cedar Rapids Veterans Center Mobile Unit on campus, etc.

Hawkeye recently expanded its commitment to veterans by hiring a full-time veterans’ services coordinator, Robin Knight. Knight has many years of experience in working with veterans as a Financial Aid Advisor. She previously performed the duties at the college on a part-time basis for veterans.

The office of Veterans Services, located in Hawkeye Center, coordinates the college's services to veterans attending classes and receiving veterans' benefits. For more information, contact Knight at 319-296-2329, ext. 1212.