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CWU Extends Veterans Outreach Directly to Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Central Washington University has joined a select group of universities allowed to serve military personnel directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma. CWU is now one of just four Washington higher education institutions, and seven total, allowed to provide instruction directly at JBLM, the largest military installation on the West Coast.

At a ribbon-cutting today at JBLM’s David L. Stone Education Center, Katherine Frank, CWU provost and vice president for academic and student life, said CWU has a strong commitment to helping active service personnel and veterans achieve their educational goals.

"This is a tremendous honor for Central and a credit to the faculty and staff who work hard every day to make sure service members and their families feel welcome,” said Frank, adding that CWU’s University Center in Lakewood helps put academic programs within reach of JBLM personnel and their families. "With an increasing number of military personnel now transitioning into higher education, we’re thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity for more individuals to enroll and continue their education right here on base."

Under the new agreement, approved by the Armed Forces Continuing Education System, Frank said CWU expects to initially enroll as many as 40 students in night and weekend classes, which begin in January. Enrollments are expected to quickly grow for the on-base programs, which will be available to active-duty military personnel, veterans, reservists, their family members, and civilians.

In November 2015, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs designated CWU a "veteran supportive campus," recognition based on the university’s demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of military personnel, according to CWU President James L. Gaudino.

"Our veterans defend our right to have a free society and an open educational system; it's our duty to reach out to them and make that opportunity available for them," said Gaudino. "This is a proud moment for us and we are delighted to have this new and expanded opportunity to serve service members and their families."

Between fall 2012 and the fall 2016, the number of United States military service members, veterans, and military families studying at CWU increased 30 percent.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,

September 29, 2016

Photo: (l. to r.) Susan Sine, education services officer, JBLM David L. Stone Education Center, introduces Katherine Frank, CWU provost and vice president for academic and student life, at ribbon cutting ceremony.