Bellevue University Named Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Schools
U.S. Veterans Magazine
recently announced that Bellevue University is a Best of the
Best Top Veteran-Friendly School
According to U.S. Veterans Magazine
, the Best of the Best lists are compiled to support their readers - veterans, transitioning service members and veteran
business owners - and link them to employment, business, education, and supplier opportunities. Best of the Best
honorees were chosen through market research, independent research, diversity conference participation, and survey responses and are based on their openness and support to veterans.
"We're gratified to be included in this exclusive listing of schools that are the best in the nation at
commented James Biernesser, Col. USAF Ret., Director of Military Programs for Bellevue
University. "Military service members and veterans have been a focus of our school since its opening
more than 40 years ago."
A recent Bellevue University initiative, designed to serve post-9/11 Veterans, captured the attention of judges for this honor. Called Veterans Initiative for Advancement (VIA), it is an unprecedented suite of services that provide Veterans the help and resources they need to be successful in their transition to civilian careers. VIA includes free, personalized self-assessment tools, courses designed in collaboration with Veterans to ease the transition to civilian life, and specialized Veteran advising services.
Brigadier General Jason Evans, a Bellevue University
Alum, cuts the ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of
Bellevue University's Military Veterans Services Center.
Assisting Evans are Bellevue University President
Mary Hawkins (left), and retired Air Force Colonel Jim
Biernesser (right), Director of Military Programs at the
Last month, Bellevue University opened the new Military
Veterans Services Center (MVSC) on the Bellevue
campus that features specially-trained military and Veteran
advisors, a meeting place for support groups facilitated by
a VA representative, career services, and the home of the
Bellevue University Student Veterans Association - one of
the largest chapters in the nation.
"While this is an honor, all the accolades in the world
don't hold up to the satisfaction we get from serving
America's Veterans," said Michael E. Echols, Ph.D., Vice
President of Strategic Initiatives for Bellevue University.
"These are our nation's most well-prepared, loyal,
and dedicated individuals - those ready to enter
organizations and earn their stripes; those making
major contributions every step of the way."
The Best of the Best
award is another in the long list of accolades for Bellevue University in supporting
Veterans. In 2013, Bellevue University was also ranked No. 3 for Veterans in Best Online Programs by U.S.
News & World Report
and is in the top 10 for Top Online Education Program Rankings in the category of Best
Online Bachelor's Degrees.