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WGU Named Top Military-Friendly School

January 20, 2012

Some schools are champions for military students, and there are organizations that actually study and take surveys to find out what schools should be recognized for their efforts to stay military-friendly. In a recent survey, the online university Western Governors University was named in Military Advanced Education's 2012 Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The publication only comes once a year, which makes it a big deal to the universities who spend years developing assistance programs for military students. The publication also provides a lot of information for college options that are most appealing to U.S. service men and women as well as veterans.

WGU Washington is a state-endorsed university that was established by the legislature in 2011. It is one of three states in partnership with a nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University, that shares the same education models, including the multiple training and programs which declare it a military-friendly school.

WGU has made a commitment to offering the best online accredited degrees. These are necessary for active duty military men and women as well as veterans. These degrees show variety, flexibility, accessibility and support for military personnel and their families, who are faced with some tough decisions, making it difficult to start an education, let alone finish one. There are over 50 online bachelor and master degree programs offered at WGU, spanning top job market careers. You can earn a degree in business, information technology, education, or health care, including nursing, through WGU's online degree programs. Not only that, but the university has offered ongoing support from faculty and one-on-one mentoring programs over the Internet. WGU offers degrees that are as short as six months and students can begin the first day of any month.

Loretta Lombard, a Lieutenant Colonel for the U.S. Air Force recently earned her MBA while on active duty from WGU. Not only was she able to complete her degree while in deployment three different times but in three different continents. "The six-month terms allowed for adjustments to my availability due to my military requirements and family priorities. If I had to leave on Temporary Duty, I could easily pick up where I left off and get going again when I could return my attention to school," Lt. Col. Lombard stated.

Military Advanced Education didn't pick just any school to be on their top military-friendly list. They chose schools based on the quality of academics, the non-profit university's degree programs and tuition assistance for active duty, reserve and National Guard personnel. Veterans are also eligible for education benefits through their GI Bill.

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