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Soldiers Going From Combat To Campus

Sharon Childers,  WT V.A. Coordinator Sharon Childers, WT V.A. Coordinator
Dan Garcia, Vice President of Enrollment Management Dan Garcia, Vice President of Enrollment Management

More military-friendly schools are popping up in the Panhandle due to a new push by the government to encourage more Veteran's to seek out degrees.

Nine Schools in the A & M system are looking to become more military friendly with more classes and credits for veterans. Including a new G.I. Bill that will give soldiers more money for school.

West Texas A & M University in Canyon is one of those colleges adding more incentives for military men and women. WT V.A. Coordinator Sharon Childers says she has received double the number of calls from veterans looking to go to college since schools became military friendly. "There are alot of questions... Some of them have never been college they don't know how the system works. They're concerned that maybe they have to go full time which they don't with a G.I. Bill, Childers said.

Administrators from WT are trying to make the transition from combat to campus easier for soldiers by adding more benefits such as career counselors and psychologist. Vice President of Enrollment Management, Dan Garcia is encouraging any one with questions to contact WT (651-4936). "We want soldiers to know we are among the many colleges and universities in the nation that are planning to give them transfer credit and course while in the military and make this process as smooth as possible for enrollment," Garcia said.

The university is even looking to team up with local military recruiters in the Panhandle. "We would love to go beyond the system criteria and enter into an agreement with local military recruiting stations so that students entering the military know they have a place at wt when they leave the service or return back from active duty, Garcia said. They say the new incentives with military-friendly colleges and the new G.I. Bill will contribute to the 10% increase Texas colleges are expecting to see by next fall.

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