CRAFTSBURY COMMON -- Sterling College has been accepted into the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, a group of 1,700 colleges and universities dedicated to making higher education more accessible to U.S. military personnel and their families.
"We are proud to have been accepted as one of the SOC institutions," said President Matthew Derr. "It is an honor to continue to support the higher education needs of the men and women of our nation's armed forces, as well as their families."
Students serving in the military have unique circumstances that can interfere with a college education. SOC provides a framework to ensure that these students do not face unnecessary barriers to completing their education.
SOC member institutions, like Sterling College, commit to policies and practices that recognize and deal with the special conditions faced by military students. This includes flexibility in required campus residency programs and awarding college credit for military training and experience.
Senior Steven Giddens, Class of '14, said, "After my service overseas, I wanted an education, not red tape. This is a very exciting development for Sterling College so that other veterans and military students can have the same opportunity for a liberal arts education through the lens of ecology."
Favor Ellis, the college's Dean of Community, concurred. "The entire Sterling College community is grateful for the service of our veterans and military students, and we're committed to helping them achieve their educational goals," she said. The SOC Consortium serves the National Guard, reserves, new recruits and veterans, in addition to more than 500,000 active-duty servicemembers.