November 6, 2015
Story by Brandon Steinert
Barton Community College has been designated a 2016 military friendly school by Victory Media, a “veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals,” according to a news release from the organization.
The designation requires institutions to submit data and information via extensive surveys to qualify.
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
Barton also typically is awarded a military friendly designation from Military Advanced Education, a similar organization. That designation is usually revealed early in the year of designation and will be announced in January or February of 2016.
“We could not be more honored to be a military friendly school,” said Ashley Arnold, Dean of Military Academic Services for Barton’s Fort Riley Campus. “Our Soldiers and their families are the key to our success. We look forward to seeing what the future holds not only for our Soldiers here today, but those we will continue to welcome in the coming months and years.”
The dedication Barton shows the US Army has not gone unnoticed. LTC King, Commander, 299th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Riley, shared some kind words with Barton administrators in late 2014 after providing training to his unit.
“I hope you know that we are truly and deeply appreciative of your efforts and your support,” he wrote. “I am not sure there is another organization on this installation, or anywhere else that I have been stationed, that so willingly and cheerfully does as much for our Soldiers and family members as you do for us here at Fort Riley.”