Central Arizona College’s call of duty is serving military veterans
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – As military veterans return from deployments abroad or conclude their active service, they often look for ways to enter the workforce or further their education. Those returning to Pinal County need to look no further than Central Arizona College to fulfill their higher education needs.
“CAC’s effort through the veterans program is one way of serving those who have given so much to our country,” Phil Tompkins, CAC’s acting associate vice president of student affairs, explained.
CAC’s services include the employment of a certifying official whose responsibility it is to ensure that the courses into which veterans enroll will lead to completing a degree or certificate. The certifying official is to report any veteran’s change in enrollment at CAC to the VA every three weeks, to minimize student debt and institutional liability.
The college’s veterans program boasts a trio of new services that include a new VA certification request process, a new CAC VA webpage, and a CAC VA student list serve. These new services come on the heels of new regulations that require increased processing procedures, one-on-one student advising, and mandatory student record reviews.
CAC has seen a large increase in the number of VA enrollees, going from 115 in the spring of 2008 to 203 during the spring 2013 semester - a 76 percent increase over the last five years.For its commitment to assisting the veteran community, CAC was recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I.Jobs.com and Best for Vets in 2013 by Military Times.