UW-Stout a popular school for veteransWestern Wisconsin News
-- UW-Stout is the most popular school in the university system for veterans. Lots of vets have returned to school for free under the state’s G-I Bill approved a few years ago.
MENOMONIE - UW-Stout is the most popular school in the university system for veterans. Lots of vets have returned to school for free under the state’s G.I. Bill approved a few years ago.
At the Stout campus in Menomonie, veterans’ enrollments have grown from 139 in the fall of 2007 to 224 last spring. Enrollment services director Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs says many veterans choose Stout because it has unique course offerings that turn military experience into degrees. She says a veterans’ home-page on the school Web site lists over 80 types of military jobs that can be matched to majors at Stout. And almost half of Stout’s under-graduate majors are unique to that campus.
Holsinger-Fuchs says the presence of more veterans is a learning experience in itself for everyone on campus. For example, if a veteran leaves a backpack somewhere, it could trigger a flashback of some kind. Overall, Holsinger-Fuchs says veterans are excellent students. And she expects more to enroll after the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq later this year.