DEARBORN — For the third consecutive year, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has awarded Henry Ford College “Gold Status” – its highest distinction – as a Michigan Veteran-Friendly School.
The MVAA’s Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes educational institutions committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and their dependents. This program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze status levels to educational institutions that offer veteran-centric programs and services.
HFC met the MVAA’s criteria to qualify for Gold Status, including:
1. Established process for identification of current student veterans.
2. Veteran-specific website.
3. Active student-operated veterans club or association.
4. Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and outcome monitoring.
5. System to evaluate and award credits based on prior military training and experience.
6. Monitoring and evaluating student veteran academic retention, transfer, and graduation rates.
“I consider it a great honor to work with HFC student veterans, service members, and their families,” said Gail Bock, HFC Veterans Affairs certifying official.
In 2012, HFC established the Office of Military and Veterans Services on the first floor of the Welcome Center on the main campus. Veterans can speak to a counselor about their education benefits and how they pertain to taking classes at HFC.
They are also able to use the computers on-site to gather information on other military benefits. Some veterans’ military experience may even equate to college credits through a Joint-Service Transcript.
There are 7 to 8 counselors available to help veterans enroll and access other services at HFC. Robert James, HFC associate dean of the School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Professional Development, is the advisor of HFC’s chapter of the Student Veterans Association. A veteran himself, James served in the United States Air Force for 16 years.
“We are honored to have achieved Gold Status for three consecutive years. It is the highest veterans-related distinction that has been bestowed upon the college,” James said. “This designation demonstrates that we at HFC are meeting the checkpoints for having top programs and services available for veterans. If HFC didn’t have Gold Status, veterans might decide to go to another college that would accommodate their needs.”
Holly Diamond, HFC executive director of Enrollment Services/Registrar, emphasized the importance of teamwork in earning Gold Status.
“Gail Bock is known for her tireless efforts in working with our student veterans and their families throughout the enrollment process,” Diamond said. “Bob James gives his time freely to the SVA and all our student veterans. Shaun Stevens promotes our College’s acceptance of military credits and makes sure our student veterans have received the most credits possible. This is a tremendous team. They are the reason we earned Gold Status. They reflect HFC’s commitment to help the men and women who have served our country as they transition to civilian life.”
Veterans interested in enrolling at HFC may go to hfcc.edu/veterans or contact Bock at 313-845-9688 or [email protected]