Alfred State has been designated a military-friendly school by Victory Media. With enhancements to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, such as monthly housing allowance and a books and supplies stipend, veterans will find college expenses more affordable. At Alfred State, we offer a veterans’ lounge, a veterans’ center that houses ROTC staff, and exemptions on parking fees for student veterans.
Student veterans may be exempt from parking fees. To be exempt, a written request must be submitted to the Student Records and Financial Services Office or University Police with proof of honorable discharge or proof that the veteran was released under honorable circumstances. The veteran’s DD214 or current military ID are acceptable forms of proof.
Veteran alumni, faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the Alfred State Veterans group on Facebook to meet, share information, reconnect, and network. Veterans’ dependents and friends of Alfred State who support veterans are also welcome to join as well as family members of those who are in active duty. We want to meet you and hear your story.
Building Trades: Building Construction, ’15
When former Army Master Sgt. Bill Buckner, of Friendship, decided to attend college to learn building trades, he wanted some hands-on work, rather than sitting in a classroom all day, so he chose to earn his degree Alfred State.
“I didn’t want to write a whole bunch of papers. In my major, you sit in a classroom for an hour or two in the morning and then you apply what you’ve been taught. Plus, you’re more active.”
The 20-year military veteran noted that he is attending Alfred State through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides, for approved programs, up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following an eligible soldier’s release from active duty. The three major benefits of the program include up to 100 percent paid tuition, a monthly housing stipend, and a stipend of up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies, according to www.military.com.
“It’s just a wonderful program.”
Alfred State, Buckner said, is very veteran-friendly. He said what he enjoys most about the college is, without question, the hands-on aspect.
“I think you learn a lot more by doing.”
Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician, ’15
After completing his service in the Marine Corps, Jordon Williams, of Hammondsport, began researching colleges to attend.
His search ultimately brought him to Alfred State.
“It had the best program for what I wanted to do.”
Williams said he would like to become a wind turbine technician after graduating. He said the faculty have helped him out tremendously and that the college has given him the knowledge and confidence he needs to have when entering the workforce.
“The hands-on aspect at Alfred State has helped me get ready for the career I want because we’re getting all of that information that we need, all that training that we need, besides just reading from a book. We’re getting that hands-on experience that employers are looking for.”
Williams advises incoming students to not get caught up in “college life.”
“You’re coming to learn how to develop into an adult and this is going to be the education that you’ll have that makes you either a failure or a success.”
As a small recognition of thank you to our veteran/military service community on the Alfred State campus, both student and faculty/staff, the Veterans Advisory Committee is pleased to be partnering with ACES to offer one selected veteran/military service member a voucher for a free coffee during their selected week of recognition. Individuals will be selected randomly by the Veterans Advisory Committee. If you know an outstanding veteran/military service member of the Alfred State community and you wish to see them recognized, please email Nikkie Hockenberry at email@example.com.
Alfred State offers two specific areas designated just for veteran/military service students to utilize; the Veterans' Lounge and the Veterans' Resource Center.
The Veterans' Lounge is located in EJ Brown, room 201. This space offers comfortable lounge furniture, refrigerator, microwave, and several computers. This room is accessible through a key code so only veteran/military service students and faculty/staff have access.
The Veterans' Resource Center is located on the third floor in the Student Leadership Center (around the corner from Ever Green Cafe). This facility is staffed with two VA work study students who currently attend Alfred State and are veteran/military service. They are there as a resource for students and can help or refer students to the appropriate office. Coming soon will be more veteran specific services like tutoring, career/resume assistance and more. This facility also houses our ROTC officers once a week. For more information, please stop by the SLC Veterans' Resource Center.
The Center is open at the following times:
Mondays: 11 a.m. - Noon and 3 - 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 3 - 5 p.m.
SALUTE was established in 2009 through funding from ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant at Colorado State University. It is the first of its kind that recognizes academic achievement of student veterans in both two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Alfred State started its chapter in fall 2015. For more information on SALUTE, please see their website at http://salute.colostate.edu/home. For information on the Alfred State chapter specifically, please contact Veterans Advisory Board member Melanie Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Veterans Advisory Committee (VAC) consists of members of the Alfred State campus community who are invested in the success of our veteran/military service students. These individuals have been appointed by the President and meet on a bi-weekly basis to uphold and strengthen the services that provide our veterans/military service students. Current members of the Veterans Advisory Committee are: