Lackawanna College understands the qualities that veterans obtain during their military service. Many of those qualities are shared when we recruit students, so the college community is proud to include veterans as an important part of our student body.
Since 2010, the college has been included on the list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Lackawanna also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
These support systems help Lackawanna’s faculty and staff meet the unique challenges that today’s student veteran faces. We have developed several programs to make the process easier and to ensure the student meets all requirements set out in the most recent GI Bill® of benefits.
Operation Educating Veterans
This program is open to veterans, National Guard, Reservists, and active duty military and their families looking to utilize their GI Bill. Short-term training at Lackawanna College could lead to long-term employment for our men and women in uniform.
One-on-one information sessions help provide students with details on our military programs. Representatives from admissions and financial aid can answer questions regarding academic programs, the financial aid and enrollment processes, and future student veteran services.
Veterans and Military Students should:
- Contact Eddie Perry, admissions advisor for student veterans
- Complete the application to Lackawanna College
- Review benefit options through the Veterans Administration
- Apply for education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) at www.eBenefits.va.gov
- Provide their Certificate of Eligibility to Liz Wassel, Veterans Certifying Official, in the Registrar’s Office.
Veterans In Action
Lackawanna College Veterans In Action (LCVIA) was formed in 2011 in order to build respect between the community and our student veterans. Through mutual cooperation, the organization works to bring awareness to veterans and related issues both on- and off-campus.
Since its inception, LCVIA has worked to rake and clear veterans’ cemeteries, plant public memorials, and volunteer time at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center. One of their largest projects was the restoration of a Vietnam War memorial garden in Nay Aug Park.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United Stated Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.
The AFROTC program is currently offered at WILKES UNIVERSITY, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review http://afrotc.wilkes.edu/afrotc/.
CATALOG WEB PAGE. For more information on the AFROTC program, please contact AFROTC@Wilkes.edu .
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.