CHICAGO, IL â€“ With a tradition of proven support for veterans, military students and their families, Moraine Valley Community College was presented with the Fall 2013 Governorâ€™s Award for Excellence inVeteran Education, at a ceremony Wednesday, February 5, at the main campus in Palos Hills.
â€œWe salute Moraine Valley Community College for their consistent efforts to support their student veterans,â€ said IDVA Director Erica Borggren.
â€œMoraine Valley has created programs and policies to assist veterans entering or returning to higher education. Supporting veterans is one of Governor Pat Quinnâ€™s top priorities, and we thank Moraine for their shared commitment to this community of heroes.â€
Among many outstanding attributes, the college was recognized for its:
â€¢ leadership in a multi-agency state-wide effort,
dedicating resources and coordinating military
articulation efforts that ensure that student
veterans are granted appropriate academic credit for
the training and education earned during their
â€¢ Veterans Resource Center, an invaluable resource to
student veterans providing dedicated staff support
and a host of specialized services to service
members, veterans and their families that address
critical needs in the veteran community;
â€¢ Priority Registration for student veterans,
ensuring that they can get the courses needed to
complete degree requirements before their benefits
â€¢ innovative Veterans Orientation Program, which
assists veterans in their transition to the student
community by providing an overview of college
programs and activities; introducing them to college
staff who oversee veteran support services; assisting
them with scheduling, registration and academic
advising; and fostering camaraderie and
relationship-building through social activities and
small group discussions.
Director Borggren presented the award during Wednesdayâ€™s ceremony to Sylvia Jenkins, college
president. Faculty, staff, student veterans, and local community leaders attended the event that
included a tour of the collegeâ€™s new veterans center.
â€œWe are proud to receive this award and extremely pleased to have our efforts recognized statewide,â€ President Jenkins said. â€œMoraine Valley is committed to serving our veterans and offering them educational opportunities to be successful whether they transfer to a four-year school or enter the workforce after they complete their degree or certificate work with us. I also want to thank the Veteransâ€™ Affairs department for their support of Moraine Valley and our work with our veterans.â€
Previous winners include Eastern Illinois University, College of DuPage, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Southwestern Illinois College.
The Governorâ€™s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education is presented in the spring and fall of each school year. Nominations are now being accepted for the Spring 2014 term. Illinois colleges or universities that contribute to the betterment of our student veterans and their families are eligible. The nominated school must be a licensed, degree-granting school in the state of Illinois. For more information, please visit the Governor’s Award homepage at www.veterans.illinois.gov.