Purdue Northwest honored as ‘Best of the Best’ for veterans and active service members

July 2, 2019
U.S. Veteran Magazine - Best of the Best 2019

PNW one of only seven institutions in Indiana recognized

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) was one of only seven colleges in Indiana, and among 184 across the U.S., earning the U.S. Veterans Magazine’s (USVM) 2019 “Best of the Best” recognition as a top veteran-friendly school.

The annual review is an evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions. The goal is to open up opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses and veteran business owners.

These unbiased studies are valuable resources for job-seekers, business owners, students, consumers, senior management, business associations, employment agencies and consumer groups. USVM polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies for this year’s Best of the Best evaluations.

PNW currently serves more than 330 students who are either veterans or active service members. Along with priority registration, fee deferment, and assistance with VA certification, the Office of Veteran Services at PNW helps these students transition to college and successfully earn their degrees, even providing support and guidance for students during military deployments.

Veteran Services Coordinator Anthony Pilota understands transitioning to college can be difficult for some veterans. A former sergeant in the Marine Corps 2nd Tank Battalion, Delta Company, Pilota served as a battle tank mechanic and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2013.

“When you leave the military, in many ways you lose your support system,” said Pilota. “You go from a set routine every day to being on your own in a new experience.”

PNW’s Office of Veteran Services eases the transition by offering veterans and service members a support community of university personnel, students and community agencies, increasing the likelihood of students achieving their educational goals.

“We have certified veteran support specialist and advocates available at all times to assist veterans and service members in feeling comfortable with seeking assistance for any problem they may be facing,” said Pilota.

PNW has veteran centers on each of its two campus locations, Hammond and Westville. Both have free computers and a lounge area. Students can also find resources for free tutoring, testing accommodations, as well as housing, financial aid and employment assistance.