Veteran Educator Background – National College

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Published in the May/June 2010 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

JoAnn Seymour has been National College’s Military Marketing Coordinator only since last February, but she knows very well how important it is to help veterans find the right place to further their education. “Education is more than a piece of paper,” said Seymour, who served in the Marine Corps for four years. “It equals a greater earning potential, and opens up so many more paths than for those who don’t get that additional education. Getting a higher education – on any level – is the best step for people who are trying to realize their dreams.”

National College was founded in 1886 by J. A. Trimmer in Roanoke, Va., and was originally known as National Business College. Currently, National College serves more than 12,000 students at locations in Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio.

Students may complete short-term diploma programs, or they may pursue associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, or, at the Roanoke Campus only, MBA’s. The college offers degree programs in business, healthcare, and information technology.

Seymour said National College has a dedication to military students from top to bottom. The school’s president, Frank Longaker, is a Vietnam veteran. Because of his service in the military, he wants to provide the best for veterans, active duty service members, and their families.

“He built a successful life based on what he learned in the military, as well as from the education he earned afterward,” Seymour said. “So he understands what education means to service members and their families. We – as a college – understand the sacrifices military members have made.”

She went on to say that, in addition to the G.I. Bill and other financial incentives that help veterans and active-duty personnel pay for school, National College offers an exclusive Armed Services Recognition Grant involving tuition assistance. National College’s website also states that the institution will cover any tuition and/or fees not covered by tuition assistance through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. In addition, National is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), an association of colleges that provide educational opportunities for service members and their families.

“We want to do whatever we can to help veterans achieve their education goals,” Seymour said. “Plus, former and current service members make the best students because they are so good at time management and can juggle their priorities. They are focused and driven to their goals.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers