Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California Signs Partnership with Excelsior College to Draw Younger Vets Seeking Educational Opportunity
VFW spouses and domestic partners are also eligible for Excelsior degree programs, with reduced tuition and fees under new statewide education partnership
Sacramento, CA (January 26, 2012) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California has signed an education partnership agreement with Excelsior College, a regionally accredited nonprofit distance learning institution based in Albany, New York.
The California initiative reflects a national VFW goal: to attract younger veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are returning home and considering their higher education options. Under the new agreement California VFW members, their spouses and domestic partners are eligible for reduced tuition and fees for undergraduate degree programs in Excelsior's schools of Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, Business and Technology and Nursing.
In addition to extensive online programming, Excelsior is also home to Excelsior College® Examinations, an extensive credit-by-examination program that provides an additional option for degree completion.
Among the estimated 2 million veterans living in California, approximately 95,000 are members of the California VFW and its 360 posts around the state. An estimated 30,000 veterans are between the ages of 25 and 55, similar to the age of Excelsior's adult students who are pursuing degree completion.
"We need to welcome our younger members, and this is another way of providing a truly valuable membership benefit," said James R. Rowoldt, state adjutant/quartermaster of the VFW, Department of California.
"Excelsior College is pleased and excited about its new relationship with the California VFW," said Excelsior President John F. Ebersole. "As a long-time former resident of California while on active duty and later, I have observed the positive role that veterans play in the life of the state. We are honored to partner with the California VFW to assist these men and women in continuing their education."
Similar partnerships are in place between Excelsior and VFW departments in New York, Nevada, and Vermont. In New York, the partnership has already begun to pay off for VFW members.
Excelsior College, established in 1971, has a long and successful history of providing education to veterans and service members. The College has an extensive range of support services tailored to veterans, including financial counseling on veteran benefits and other financial aid and academic advisors who are veterans themselves. The College offers a range of academic support programs and career counseling services tailored to veterans.
The College accepts prior military training in the form of academic transfer credit based on recommendations from the American Council on Education's Military Evaluations Program. Each year, Excelsior accepts approximately 50,000 military training program credits per year toward completion of undergraduate degree programs.
In November 2011, the College was named by Military Times Edge magazine as a top school for veterans, and has been repeatedly named a top "military friendly" school by GIJobs magazine.
Excelsior College's education credentials include:
For information on joining the VFW in California, visit the membership information page.
For information about the California VFW education partnership with Excelsior College, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-647-2388 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-647-2388 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 1352.
About the VFW, Department of California
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and is one of its oldest veterans' organizations. With 2.1 million members located in 7,700 VFW Posts worldwide, the VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans service, legislative initiatives, youth scholarships, Buddy Poppy, and national military service programs. Annually, the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 11 million hours of community service to the nation. For more information or to join, visit the organization's Web site.