UCR Once Again Earns ‘Military-Friendly’ Recognition

University is recognized for programs that assist vets, military personnel to earn degrees

photo in front of Paramount Studios

Students from UCR’s Operation VETS program visited Paramout Studios last winter. Operation VETS site visit to the Paramount studios facility last winter. From left Patrick Lee (BA, Political Science – 5th year); Sae Lee (program coordinator, UCR Career Center), Al Dupont (BA, Media & Cultural Students, ’14 alum), Frank Ramirez (staff advisor), and Charles Kim, BA, History Law & Society – 5th year.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — In recognition of its efforts to dedicate resources that ensure the success of military personnel and veterans in the classroom, the University of California, Riverside has once again been named to the Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media. It is the fourth time that UCR has appeared on the list.

Military Friendly School 2015 logoThe Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill funding. Now in its sixth year, the school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board Comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate.

“We are honored to once again be included on the Military Friendly Schools list,” said Chryssa Jones, veterans services coordinator in Student Special Services. “Many different people across this campus have gone above and beyond to assist our veterans and military personnel who are working to fulfill their dream of earning a college degree. This is a recognition that we can all take pride in.”

Jones cited the Veteran Employment Transition Success program, known by the acronym Operation VETS, as an example of how the campus works together to assist student vets. The program is a joint effort of the UCR Career Center and Veterans Services and focuses on the development and exploration of career skills and transferable life skills of student vets. For example, participants learn resume and cover letter writing skills, interview techniques and strategies for searching for jobs and internships. Students interested in continuing their educations learn about graduate school preparation.

“You learn a great deal when you are in the military, including leadership, teamwork and communication skills. These are skills that many employers find to be valuable,” Jones said. “Operation VETS helps students take advantage of these existing skills by providing career development instruction, which helps them transfer these skills into tools that will help them as students and in the development of career and life skills.”

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Additional Contacts

Chryssa Jones, Veterans Services Coordinator
Tel: (951) 827-5391
E-mail: chryssa.jones@ucr.edu

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