Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

HFC named Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School three years in a row

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For the third consecutive year, HFC has been named a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School, an honor that was first bestowed upon the College in October 2017 by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Gold-Level status is the highest status an educational institution can earn based on its commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centered services. This ranking recognizes higher education institutions for their dedication to veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their dependents using the G.I. Bill and other educational benefits.

HFC – which has a student veteran populations of nearly 270 – was the first community college in Michigan to be named a Veteran-Friendly Employer in 2018. The College operates a Student Veterans Association (SVA) that has helped veterans succeed academically. In 2019, it opened a Veterans Center in Rm. 111 of the Student & Culinary Arts Center (Bldg. M). The Veterans Center provides a safe place that allows veterans to relax between classes and connect with other veterans who also understand the transition from military life to civilian life.

MVAA's 7 criteria

The MVAA uses the following seven criteria to determine the level of support provided to student veterans and military-connected students on the campuses of higher education institutions:
1. An established process for the identification of current student veterans
2. A veteran-specific website
3. An active student veteran organization or club
4. Veteran-specific career services, resources advising, or outcome monitoring
5. An on-campus veteran coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
6. A system to evaluate and award academic credit(s) based on prior military training and experience
7. Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, progress, and graduation rates

“Though I work closely with our student veterans and current military service members, I’m proud to witness the dedication of all HFC staff and faculty toward this student population,” said HFC Veterans Coordinator Gail Bock. “Whenever a student indicates their military service, I see the desire in each person working at HFC to go above and beyond to assist that student. The Veteran-Friendly School designation reflects the hard work of all!”

Student veterans or dependents with questions about G.I. Bill or other benefits should call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or visit www.MichiganVeterans.com. For further information about veterans services at HFC, contact Bock at 313-845-9688 or veterans@hfcc.edu.