U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, visited Averett Oct. 1 for a round table discussion with students regarding the implementation of G.I. Bill educational benefits. Secretary Shinseki, along with Congressmen Tom Perriello and experts from the Veterans Affairs Administration met with several Averett students who are using G.I. Bill benefits to help pay for their education. G.I. Bill students from Danville Community College and National College also participated in the round table discussion.
While on campus, Secretary Shinseki met with President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, Registrar and Veterans Affairs Liaison Janet Roberson and Mark Evans, the Danville campus director for National College.
"It was an honor to have Secretary Shinseki speak with the GI Bill students at Averett," said Roberson. "He was truly interested in the students and in what Averett is doing to assist our veterans and their families."
Averett's G.I. Bill traditions go back to the end of World War II, when the University welcomed male veterans to use their educational benefits at Averett, even though it was a women's college at the time.
Averett was designated as a Military-Friendly School for 2011 by GI Jobs Magazine. The University received this recognition due to its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program; the flexibility it offers military members through its traditional, Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program and IDEAL educational delivery options; and University policies that make it easier for G.I. Bill beneficiaries to complete their education at Averett.
"We are proud to have had a long tradition of service to members of the military - both as undergraduates and graduate students - who are able to continue their education here at Averett in Danville or at one of our 12 regional campuses across the Commonwealth," said Franks. "Averett was honored to welcome the Secretary on behalf of the more than 220 military members, veterans and their family members who are attaining the dream of a higher education at Averett because of G.I. Bill educational benefits."
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