October 3, 2012
Contact: Jen Boyer
Public Information Officer: Media Relations & Social Media
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
G.I. Jobs magazine recently named LWIT one of the top military friendly schools in the nation.
Here at LWIT we are proud to serve our veterans. Through our Veterans Service Office, LWIT provides a host of services to veterans and their dependents, from helping them navigate the G.I. Bill, grants, and other sources of educational funding for veterans to providing resources for such things as counseling, filing for disability benefits, and the like.
In fact, some of LWIT's own Veteran Outreach Specialists are Veterans and either current or past students at LWIT, like Dylan Sheaffer.
Sheaffer finished his tour with the Army in 2008 and went into banking. He wasn't happy in that industry and began looking into retraining. That's when he found LWIT. However, he didn't work with the Veterans Office right away and regrets it.
"I spent the first two quarters not real sure what I was doing, then I heard of the office," Sheaffer said. "I learned about how to better utilize my G.I. Bill, even about grants I was eligible to receive. When I was offered this work-study position, I was excited about the chance to help others avoid wasting time like I did and help them get the most out of their benefits."
Sheaffer has since done just that. He remembers one recent student who left the service in the early-90s. Well beyond his 10-year delimination timeline to use his G.I Bill, the man came to Sheaffer seeking advice on whether there was anything he could do. Sheaffer was able to help the student find VocRehab funds that covered most of his tuition, books and tools to complete his Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician degree.
"There is a lot out there for Veterans, and it's our office's job to help Veterans find and use those resources," Sheaffer said. "We're here to help."
LWIT's Veteran Services Office serves any veteran or dependent interested in learning more about what is available to them when it comes to their education, regardless of whether they attend LWIT or not. They can be reached at 425-739-8213.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses.
G.I. Jobs magazine compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 12,000 schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 3,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting giant Ernst & Young. LWIT was among only 1,739 schools nationwide to make the list.
For a complete list of schools in Washington and across the nation, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx.