April 03, 2017
Technical career training school earns honor for creating opportunities and outcomes for members of military community
April 03, 2017 – WyoTech has been named a Top 10 Gold Level Military Friendly® School Award recipient in the category of private vocational schools by Victory Media. The 2017 Military Friendly School award is presented to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that embrace military students and dedicate resources to promote their success in the classroom and after graduation. For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families.
"WyoTech has a long history of supporting veterans with programs that help them transition from the military into careers in the civilian world and we are pleased to be recognized with this designation," said David Groce, WyoTech's associate vice president of military admissions, who previously served in the Army. "We truly value the opportunity to work with veterans to enhance their skills while helping them pursue a path to a successful career."
Caden Smith, who served in the United States Army between 2006 and 2012, graduated in 2013 with an associate degree in diesel and credits WyoTech for making education affordable for military veterans. WyoTech's dedicated Military Admissions Team walked Smith through the application process. He also was eligible for financial aid as part of the benefits available for post-9/11 veterans, which covered the total cost of his tuition.
"WyoTech understands what U.S. military veterans need," Smith said. "They helped me transition from service to school, a conversion that I, like many of my fellow veterans, found challenging at first. However, WyoTech helped me realize that my military experience made me a better student.
"WyoTech's program opened my eyes to new opportunities, feeding my drive to not only complete school but achieve more in my civilian life," Smith said. WyoTech's Military Admissions Team works exclusively with veterans, and the WyoTech Student Veterans Organization provides support and camaraderie to veteran students. Other campus programs that benefit the veteran student population include hosting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on site to assist students with their benefits.
WyoTech also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which gives institutions of higher learning the option of voluntarily entering into an agreement with the VA to help fund a student's tuition expenses by covering the gap between the maximum amount of the GI Bill and tuition. For veterans not eligible for the post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, WyoTech offers a 15 percent scholarship at its Laramie, Wyo., and Daytona Beach, Fla., campuses and school-funded housing for students attending its Blairsville, Pa., campus.
WyoTech was founded more than 50 years ago in Laramie, Wyoming, and has since become one of the premier providers of technical training in the United States. WyoTech offers training for mechanical and technical occupations in automotive, diesel, collision/refinishing, motorcycle and marine technology. WyoTech has campuses in Blairsville, Pennsylvania; Laramie, Wyoming; and Daytona Beach, Florida. Learn more at wyotech.edu.
About Military Friendly
The Military Friendly® assessment process includes extensive research and required completion of a proprietary, data-driven survey. All Military Friendly surveys, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of higher education and recruitment professionals from across the country. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and more information can be found at militaryfriendly.com.