Thursday, September 27, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

Citrus College Once Again Named “Military Friendly School”
By Stacy Armstrong


The Citrus College Veterans Program has once again received recognition from a national publication.

GI Jobs, a monthly magazine devoted to helping enlisted personnel transition from military service to the civilian workforce, has designated Citrus College as a Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year.  The college was provided with a basic listing in the 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, which was released Monday, September 17.  Citrus College is also highlighted on the publication’s website.

This recognition comes on the heels of the Citrus College Veterans Center’s annual orientation, which was attended by U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano and 43 new student veterans. 

“Every year, Citrus College expands and enhances the programs and services that are offered to its student veteran population.  As a result, we currently have our largest number of student veterans on campus since the Veterans Center was opened in 2010,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “These high enrollment numbers, combined with the recognition from GI Jobs and the visit from Representative Napolitano, serve as an affirmation of all Citrus College has done to create an environment in which members of the military can thrive.”

According to GI Jobs, inclusion in the 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools ranks Citrus College among the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide.  Featured schools include state universities, private colleges, community colleges, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

The list itself was compiled through extensive research involving the polling of more than 7,000 institutes of higher education in the United States.  The methodology was developed with assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from public and private colleges and universities, as well as veterans’ representatives.

Criteria for selection included academic accreditation, efforts to recruit and retain student veterans and the results of these recruitment efforts.  Many of the recognized schools also offer additional benefits to veterans, such as on-campus programs, credit for service, military spouse services, and more.

“I am proud to be part of a college community that is at the forefront of providing members of our military with the most beneficial college experience available,” said Dr. Arvid Spor, vice president of student services at Citrus College.  “Our nation’s veterans have made many sacrifices in the service of their country, and it is an honor to assist them in acquiring tools that will allow them to continue contributing to society.”

GI Jobs is considered a premier source for those transitioning from military duty to the private sector.  It provides information about education, transition assistance, and job opportunities for veterans.  By awarding Citrus College this special designation, the magazine acknowledges the college as an institution of higher learning that provides student veterans with high quality academic services.

“It is an honor for Citrus College to be included on the GI Jobs list of Military Friendly Schools for 2013,” said Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “Our veterans program will continue to evolve and adapt as we strive to serve this unique group of students in the best manner possible.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873