Brown Mackie College | www.brownmackie.edu |
Above and Beyond for Veterans |
Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
“It’s definitely a prestigious honor to attract military students,” said K.L. Allen, national director of Business Development and Military for the Brown Mackie College family of schools. “We’re not just here to educate. “We help them through life. Our one-class-a-month format definitely fits into military culture. We take pride in that. If someone has been deployed, this simple format eases the transition back to civilian life. Or, a military spouse in school may need to take a month off to handle personal affairs. We make sure they get the time they need without penalties.”
Allen speaks to veterans from experience, having opted for military service when he graduated from high school in 1997. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and completed Advanced Individual Training before going to college.
While attending college, Allen served in a military police unit, and advanced to first lieutenant before his duty ended in 2005. “Military experience gives discipline and foresight,” he said. “By the time I finished, I was better equipped and prepared to handle the trials and tribulations of college.”
The Brown Mackie College system of schools understands that frequent relocations and deployments can make the pursuit of educational goals a challenge for veterans and their families. The schools have a policy of no withdrawal penalties; and they offer multiple campus locations and a wide variety of programs.
The schools have a long history that began with the opening of the Kansas Wesleyan School of Business in 1892. Today, there are more than 25 schools in 15 states. The schools offer over 30 programs at different credential levels, including Nursing and Health, Business and Technology, Legal Studies, Veterinary Technology, and Early Childhood Education. The offerings vary by location.
When he was serving his country, Allen was not aware of all of the benefits available to him because of his service. Today, he takes pride in raising awareness among today’s veterans.
“They do not need a bunch of loans to get an education,” he said. “Military benefits have allowed individuals who never thought they would go to school get right in. Educational benefits can change a whole family’s legacy. Often, the kids grow up and follow their parents’ footsteps.”
The programs that Allen and his staff help veterans and their families explore include:
l Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. This 2008 provision of the 2001 Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to enter into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help fund veteran tuition expenses.
l Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD), commonly known as Chapter 30. Active duty members who enroll and pay a monthly fee for a year are entitled to receive education benefits after completing a minimum service obligation.
l The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve program. Active members of reserve units of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard may qualify for up to 36 months of educational financial aid.
l Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA). Tuition assistance for military spouses who qualify.
“We hold the deepest respect for men and women who serve and continue to serve our country,” Allen said. “They deserve the benefits.”