Massachusetts offers student veterans outstanding support

Friday, November 9, 2012

UWW recently attended a statewide event aimed at introducing veterans to the many opportunities available through Massachusetts community colleges, state colleges and UMass.

Held at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston on November 8, the event was organized by Katy Abel, UWW graduate and Associate Commissioner for External Affairs for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo graciously hosted, and presenters included Richard Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education, Colman Nee, Secretary of veteran Services, and a panel of veterans who are attending Massachusetts colleges and universities. 

Calling Massachusetts number one in the nation for veteran's benefits, Speaker DeLeo told the audience of veterans, "You deserve the best education at a cost that won't leave you drowning in debt for years to come." 

Commissioner Freeland and Speaker DeLeo stressed the crucial connection between higher education and workforce development. "Our knowledge based economy demands a high skills workforce," stated Freeland. "Seventy percent of jobs in Massachusetts will require a college degree in the next five years," added DeLeo. 

To learn more about what the UMass University Without Walls (UWW) has to offer active duty military and veterans, visit our Welcome Military Families page.