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WVU-P ranks eighth in U.S. for military support

PARKERSBURG — WVU Parkersburg has again been recognized for its support of veteran and military students by Military Times.

The publication ranked the college No. 8 on its annual “Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges” list.

Military Times “Best for Vets” survey is an editorially independent news project that evaluates many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. The ranking is based upon an institution’s culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes/quality and financial aid.

WVU Parkersburg consistently ranks among the top career and technical schools for veterans by Military Times, both nationally and in West Virginia overall.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best career and technical colleges for veterans and active military across the country,” said Darren Shearlock, WVU Parkersburg Veterans Advocate. “WVU Parkersburg is committed to creating an environment that enables veterans to reach their educational, professional and career goals.”

The college’s Veterans Resource Center provides a learning environment that conveys the college’s appreciation of the service and sacrifices of its veteran students and offers the tools and services necessary for them to achieve academic success. The center gives veteran and military students a quiet place to study, a space to socialize and a place to discuss veteran-specific issues on campus.

Students also have access to a veterans advocate to help them manage college credit transfers, secure financing through the GI Bill and apply for VA benefits. Other services provided by the center include free tutoring and veteran-based scholarships to help students pay for tuition and fees.

More than 200 veterans and their family members are currently taking advantage of the many degree programs and classes offered by WVU Parkersburg to help further their academic and professional interests.

“I encourage everyone in the veteran community to consider WVU Parkersburg as their first choice in higher education,” Shearlock said.

The “Best for Vets” college rankings are published in the Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, as well as on the Military Times website.

To view the full rankings, go to https://charts.militarytimes.com/chart/18.

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