Waubonsee Welcomes Veterans Looking to Further Their Education

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 18, 2009 | Go to article overview

Waubonsee Welcomes Veterans Looking to Further Their Education


During November, our nation focuses on a number of recognition activities and events that publicly and proudly honor all our military veterans and those who are still actively serving their country in the armed services.

It is important for all Americans to remember our veterans and their courageous service on behalf of the United States.

And it is also critical for our community to provide a welcoming presence that helps local veterans returning from their active duty role to integrate back into daily life. Colleges across the country enthusiastically accept this charge and are enrolling veterans in numbers not seen for decades. Community colleges take particular pride in welcoming our military personnel home. In 2007 and 2008 community colleges educated 43 percent of all military undergraduates enrolled in postsecondary educational programs.

Key aspects of the nationAEs first GI Bill of Rights helped many who served in World War II reintegrate into our community through educational and economic assistance. Subsequent programs for veterans following the Korean and Vietnam Wars also focused on helping them earn college degrees through educational benefits.

A new post-9/11 GI Bill, which became effective Aug. 1, designates provisions for college tuition, books and living expenses. As a result, waves of veterans are expected to enroll in community colleges to earn an associate degree u eventually continuing on to obtain a bachelorAEs degree or higher.

At Waubonsee Community College, our faculty and staff are ready to assist veterans as they move from combat and/or active duty to college. Veterans interested in attending Waubonsee, or those already enrolled should visit waubonsee.edu/veterans or call the collegeAEs Student Veterans Advisor at (630) 466-2091 for information on admissions, academic advising, benefit and referral information, as well as the evaluation of military training for college credit.

The collegeAEs Financial Aid office is also committed to helping veterans obtain educational benefits through a variety of programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. …

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