Thank you Sonia and Norma for nominating San Jac!

San Jacinto College joins the top 15 percent of the nation’s colleges, universities and trade schools on the 2010 Military Friendly School list.

Published by G.I. Jobs Magazine, more than 7,000 schools were considered before selection was made based on criteria that included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students and academic accreditations. Many schools on the list also offer benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

Sonia Townsand and Norma Aguilar, both from financial aid services at the South campus, nominated San Jacinto College for the Military Friendly School list.

“I felt like this was a way to show the community that San Jacinto College values our veterans through our commitment to them,” Townsand said, who is a Veterans Civic Counsel board member. She and Aguilar also serve as point of contacts for the Lone Star Veterans Association and the Houston Marine for Life.

More than 650 students utilized Veteran Affairs benefits at San Jacinto College last Fall.

U.S. Army veteran Dr. Laurel Williamson, vice chancellor of instructional programs and services at San Jacinto College, said support services at a college are essential to the educational goals of military and veteran students.

“After I served in the U.S. Army, I returned to college and was fortunate to attend a university which welcomed and supported veterans,” Williamson said. “The transition from military service to civilian life is often difficult, especially for those veterans who have seen combat service. They deserve our help, and we are taking the initiative to make San Jac a place which supports those who’ve served our country.”

This is the first year G.I. Jobs has compiled the Military Friendly School list.