Walsh Named Gold-Level Status Veteran-Friendly School

TROY, Mich., Dec. 14, 2018 – Walsh has been recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for its commitment to helping student veterans succeed in college.

This is the eighth consecutive year that Walsh has been named a Veteran-Friendly School and the third consecutive year that the college has received Gold-level status — the agency’s highest distinction.

“Veterans represent an important talent pool for our state,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh and U.S. Army veteran. “About 7.5 percent of Michigan adults are military veterans, according to the last U.S. Census. Our goal at Walsh is to provide personal, dedicated support to veterans so they have a clear pathway from education to successful careers.”

Walsh is committed to helping veterans transition from military service to a college degree to successful career. The college waives the application fee for veterans and offers personalized assistance to help with education benefits. Walsh also has licensed professional counselors on staff to assist during the transition process.

“The hard work and sacrifice you put in for this country make you incredibly deserving of an education,” said Kyle Richardson, a 2017 Walsh accounting alumnus who served in the military. “Many veterans believe there is not enough time, they have to go back to work full-time after starting a life based on full-time military pay, or they do not know how to utilize their benefits. Walsh helps you with all these areas to ensure you are set up for success.”

While at Walsh, veterans have access to veteran-specific scholarships, extended payment due dates for GI Bill® users and personalized help with education benefits. Walsh’s Troy location also has a dedicated space for veterans.

“Walsh made me feel like I was more than just ‘another student,’ Richardson said. “Since I served four years in the military, I was older than most college students. I knew I wanted a college program that I could finish efficiently, and Walsh’s four-semester school year made this a reality.”

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recognizes academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold-level, Silver-level or Bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

To learn more about Walsh’s veteran services, visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans.

About Walsh

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh College Receives 2015 Military Friendly Schools Designation

Walsh College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School for the sixth consecutive year by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine and other media channels.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate their success in the classroom and after graduation. The Victory Media survey includes the leading practices that support military students.

“Walsh College has placed great emphasis on supporting service members and veterans in their pursuit of undergraduate and graduate business education,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “We appreciate the perspective and experiences these students bring to our academic programs and community. We are proud of our selection to the Military Friendly Schools list.”

Walsh College also recently became an official signatory to the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” a federal initiative that provides a set of specific strategies that colleges and universities can implement to support educational success for student veterans of the armed forces.

Walsh also received recognition earlier this year from Military Times magazine as one of 64 select national institutions ranked as a “Best for Vets Business College” for providing a high level of service for veterans.

Additional services Walsh offers its military students include:

· The Walsh College Student Veteran Organization (WCSVO), which provides community involvement and networking opportunities for student veterans. The WCSVO represents the views of student veterans at the college and explores the population’s needs in order to implement helpful programs.
· Military grants available to all active-duty or reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The grants cover all undergraduate tuition costs and a significant portion of graduate costs when used in conjunction with Military Tuition Assistance.
· Veteran-specific scholarships.
· A full-time Veterans Services Coordinator, Lauren Mileto, who serves as the main point of contact for students who are veterans. Mileto assists the students by navigating their education benefits and specializes in understanding their payments and how they can combine multiple benefits.

The College is also a National Center of Academic Excellence, a designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to only 91 U.S. schools.

For more information on Walsh’s Veteran Services, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/veterans, email veterans@walshcollege.edu, or call (248) 823-1660.

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.