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BSU, NTC make list of military friendly schools

BEMIDJI – Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College have been listed among the nation’s top 15 percent of “military friendly” colleges, universities and trade schools.

It marks the fourth consecutive year BSU and NTC have made the G.I. Jobs list, compiled from more than 12,000 Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide.

“Bemidji State University is very proud to be named by G.I. Jobs as a campus working to serve our veteran students in remarkable ways,” Dr. Mary Ward, Bemidji State’s vice president for student development and enrollment, said in a news release.

“We understand the sacrifices (veterans) have all made in their time of service to our nation. We will strive to continue providing the help that our veterans are entitled to as they pursue their academic endeavors.”

BSU was one of three Minnesota state universities system to make the list, joining St. Cloud State University and Winona State University. Northwest Technical College was joined by 23 other system two-year community and technical colleges.

Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list of Military Friendly Schools were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators and administrators from 14 colleges and universities across the nation.

Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

“As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media, Inc., and director for G.I. Jobs.