By Madison Van Horn, Staff Writer—
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has earned the designation of a Military Friendly School for the 2021-2022 academic year, bringing meaningful change for UTC veterans.
UTC Chancellor Steven Angle recently announced this designation in his latest Chancellor’s Update.
“This program measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community, and a Military Friendly designation creates better outcomes for veterans,” Angle said.
Military Friendly is a trademarked term created by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, that advocates for more opportunities for veterans in the workplace.
According to VIQTORY, “The Military Friendly ratings program was started in 2003 as an advocacy vehicle to encourage civilian organizations to invest in programs to recruit, retain and advance veterans as employees, entrepreneurs and students.”
Sequoia Holmes, assistant director for Veteran Student Services at UTC, said that earning the designation of Military Friendly requires the completion of an extensive survey.
“Every year, Veteran Student Services gathers data and completes the Military Friendly Schools survey for designation,” Holmes said. “The Military Friendly Schools survey is a comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students.”
According to Military Friendly’s website, more than 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with around 750 schools earning the designation.
Holmes currently serves on the Military Friendly Advisory Council and also chairs the UTC Military Student Advisory Committee.
“Throughout the year, the Military Friendly Advisory Council provides feedback on current and future initiatives, such as new products, training topics, survey questions, best practices, recommended industry events and ideas on how to be even better advocates for the markets they collectively serve,” Holmes said.
She added that UTC will continue to advocate for its veterans.
“Our goal and commitment are to support and enhance the journey of our veterans and military family members at UTC,” Holmes said.