News Release

Published on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Western Technical College has been named to the 2010 list of Military-Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list recognizes schools that are in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide for efforts to embrace America’s veterans as students.

G.I. Jobs, which targets veterans looking for post-military success, reviewed more than 7,000 schools for its annual list. The publication selected the schools that best support student veterans and offer them additional benefits, such as an on-campus veteran’s program, credit for service, and military spouse programs.

“Western takes great pride in providing a quality education to those men and women who serve our country,” said Denise Vujnovich, vice president of Student Services. “We offer a variety of services to ensure veterans receive all the financial resources that are available and to help them have a smooth transition into college. Jackie Helgeson, our full-time veterans certifying official, is a great resource – not only for educational benefits, but for many other benefits offered for veterans in our community.”

According to Helgeson, Western has registered over 800 veterans for fall classes. That is up from 53 just four years ago. The college anticipates that number to continue to increase as more soldiers return from active duty.

Because of the recent increase, Western has started a new student group called the Vets Club.

“The group is a way for the veteran students to find camaraderie and feel comfortable while they adjust and make the transition from a soldier to a student,” said Helgeson. “The club’s main goal is to disseminate information about the benefits and services offered to veterans and their families and ultimately help them be more successful in their pursuit of education and training.”

For more information about veteran’s services at Western, visit or contact Helgeson at or 608.785.9091.