Paralyzed Veterans of America announces a new partnership with Excelsior College – a private online higher education institution based in upstate New York – to help bring practical adult education directly to America’s veterans. As part of the collaboration, Excelsior College is providing PVA members, their spouses and domestic partners, volunteers, and employees a 20% discount on tuition. They are also extending this generous discount to PVA’s Veterans Career Program clients, who will be provided guidance to help them explore Excelsior’s degree and certificate programs.
“I can’t say this enough – one of my proudest days was when I rolled across the stage at the University of Alabama and received my college degree. Every veteran – regardless of economic status, injury or illness – deserves the opportunity to feel that sense of accomplishment,” says Shaun Castle, PVA Deputy Executive Director. “And thanks to generous partners, like Excelsior College, who will ease the financial strain and are side-by-side our members (and Career Program clients) through the higher education process.”
Stretching their support to PVA even further, Excelsior is providing a dedicated team to guide PVA students through the Excelsior experience from start to finish. This process includes their transfer credit policy, which allows PVA students to transfer up to 90% of their credits towards most bachelor’s degrees and apply their military experience and previously earned college credits to help expedite degree attainment. Additional support services include financial aid specialists and accessibility services.
“With veterans making up 15 percent of Excelsior’s student population, we offer a community and commitment to those who served,” said Jim Lettko, chief operating officer of Excelsior College and retired U.S. Army brigadier general. “We are excited to partner with PVA, and are dedicated to serving veterans.”
Partnership Resulted from Veterans Career Program
The PVA/Excelsior partnership came about as a result of PVA’s Veterans Career Program, continually looking for creative ways to better support the veteran community – with a focus on those who are paralyzed or experience other barriers – by providing them the services they need to pursue meaningful employment, education, training, and volunteer opportunities. Excelsior’s accessibility services and their dedicated military and veteran admissions counselors and academic advisors are committed to guiding PVA members and others on their academic journey. Together, they strive to provide equal access to education and help the veteran community achieve their career goals.
Ranked in Newsweek‘s 2022 Top 10 Online Colleges in America, Excelsior College began offering courses online in 2004. With more than 187,000 alumni spread across all 50 states and more than 20 countries, Excelsior enables students to earn their associates, bachelor’s, or master’s in an array of online programs, like business, liberal arts, healthcare, nursing, technology, public service, and more.
For more information, visit Paralyzed Veterans of America Veterans Career Program.
[Source(s): Paralyzed Veterans of America, PR Newswire]