For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI Jobs.com. The label reflects the college’s efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at militaryfriendlyschools.com.
GPC serves more than 1,100 military-related students each semester, making it one of Georgia’s top choices for veterans and their families, said Mark Eister, GPC’s military outreach director.
“With its five campuses and online courses, GPC remains a first choice for military members, veterans and their families in Georgia,” Eister said. “Our Military Outreach Center provides military and veteran students with comprehensive academic and transition assistance, counseling services, tutoring and learning labs and professional resource support services. Our goal is to honor our military and veterans for their service and fully assist them in an effective transition into college or civilian life.”
Among the programs offered through GPC’s Military Outreach Center is the Green Zone military awareness training for GPC staff and faculty. This program helps faculty and staff better serve veterans and their dependents. “If a veteran sees a Green Zone sticker on an office door, that means that the faculty or staff member has been trained to assist veterans or help point them in the right direction,” Eister said.
In addition, the college has a veterans mentoring program and staff and faculty military training workshops. Georgia Perimeter College also is part of Soldiers2Scholars, a University System of Georgia program that combines the efforts of numerous USG military outreach programs.
Other services include tuition discounts and scholarships for military students and veterans; military scholarships for dependents; in-state tuition without residency requirements for active duty military students; full-time veteran counselors on staff, and a career placement advisor. Veterans and their dependents also can enjoy special clubs and associations, both on campus and online.
For information about GPC’s Military Outreach Program and its services, call 678-891-3025 or go to gpc.edu/militaryoutreach.