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September 21, 2013

Schools honored for 'embracing' veterans

SUNY schools in Oneonta, Delhi and Cobleskill have been recognized as “Military Friendly Schools.”

Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named the State University of New York schools at Oneonta, Delhi and Cobleskill to its 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are “doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus,’’ a media release said.

“The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran, said in prepared statement.

The State University College at Oneonta has about 70 students who receive veterans’ benefits, either because they have been or are in service, or they are receiving benefits as the child or spouse of an active or discharged service member, college officials said. 

Special services for veterans provided by the college include veteran-specific scholarships, acceptance of credit for courses and occupations offered by the military, in-state tuition charged for certain students, and locking in degree requirements and extending leaves beyond the usual time frame for any personnel called to active duty, the SUNY Oneonta release said.

The State University College of Technology at Delhi has been included as a Military Friendly School for a third consecutive year. 

SUNY Delhi will be among the 1,868 schools listed in the annual guide, which is distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October, according to a SUNY Delhi release.

For the second consecutive year, the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill has been included on the list.

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