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2009.11.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Again Awarded Military-Friendly Honor

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has again been nationally recognized as a military-friendly educational institution.

Military Advanced Education magazine listed UNO in its third annual Guide to America’s Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The list will be published in the magazine’s November/December 2009 issue.

By request of the United States Air Force, the magazine is now distributed to every retiring and departing Air Force member. Its circulation is about 25,000.

“We want military, veterans and their families to know that UNO is here to help them meet their educational goals, even amid the many demands they face serving our country,” said Hayley Patton, manager of Offutt and Off-Campus Programs at UNO.

UNO received recognition earlier this semester as a military-friendly institution from G.I. Jobs magazine.

“There are some organizations that reach out to support war fighters, and UNO is one of those organizations,” said active duty UNO student and Air Force Tech Sgt. Jason Morse. “UNO has given me a chance to succeed and have opportunities that I would not be able to enjoy otherwise.”

At UNO, military focused offerings and programs include:

• An office on Offutt Air Force Base providing most UNO student services;
• Online degree programs;
• A Veterans Services office on campus to assist with GI Bill and other veteran education benefits; and
• Flexible deployment policy.

UNO also offers a Bachelor of General Studies degree featuring more than 45 areas of concentration, many of which are specifically designed to meet the career needs of military personnel. The degree recognizes previous college and some military credit, and gives 10 credit hours for at least one year of active duty service.

The UNO program also has advisors who are highly experienced working with military and veteran students.

The current enrollment of active and veteran military personnel at UNO is more than 500 students. Undergraduate and graduate classes are available for military personnel at Offutt Air Force Base, on campus and through a variety of online programs.

The United States Air Force initiated the Bootstrap Program in 1951 to encourage members of the military to ‘lift themselves by the bootstraps’ by earning a college degree. UNO – then Omaha University – was one of only a handful of institutions nationwide to participate. Under the program, more than 12,000 individuals received their degrees.

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