College awarded gold-level military-friendly status for commitment to veterans

September 8, 2021

Committed to the success of student veterans, Jackson College has again earned Gold-Level status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for 2021-22.


Jackson College is one of 63 colleges and universities that recently earned bronze-, silver- or gold-level status based on their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans. The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their GI Bill and other educational benefits.


“We’re always pleased when the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recognizes our efforts at Jackson College in providing quality services and support to our military-connected students,” said Randall Locke, veterans service representative. “The state of Michigan has some top-notch programs and being counted among the Gold-Level military-friendly schools is an honor. This is, however, no time to rest on our laurels. We’ll continue to improve our programs and processes so that students can focus on the real reason they are here.”


Jackson College offers a dedicated Veterans Center, now located in Bert Walker Hall. Students may participate in a Student Veterans of America organization, which welcomes student veterans and others to provide connection and networking opportunities and ease the transition from military to academic life. A dedicated staff member assists student veterans with their education benefits. Career coaching and advising are offered. These are just some of the services offered to student veterans. 


“Since its inception, the Veteran-Friendly Schools program has recognized those institutions that have the drive and passion for serving those that have served in the military,” said Chris Taylor, MVAA education analyst. “I’m excited to see the number of schools who continue to innovate in their programming grow, particularly after a pandemic changed the face of education at all levels, including our post-secondary institutions.”


The veteran-friendly designation is available to any institution of higher learning eligible to receive veteran education benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. Institutions apply annually for a designation, with an application and review process conducted every spring semester. For a full list of the schools included in the rankings, visit