Agreement makes Mountain State University programs more accessible to military members

December 20, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A private university with a branch campus in Martinsburg announced Tuesday that it has signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense that makes the college’s programs more accessible to military service members.

For example, the memorandum of understanding allows for the college to provide college credit for military training, Mountain State University President Charles H. Polk said in a news release.

“We take great pride in being a military-friendly institution, and this MOU takes our long-standing relationship with the military to the next level,” Polk said.

“With this agreement, MSU has made a commitment to participate in such services as the Air Institute Portal (Air Force) and GoArmyEd (Army), making it easier than ever for service members to access MSU programs.”

About 8 percent of Mountain State’s students serve as members of the armed forces.

Mountain State’s Martinsburg campus is off West King Street at University Center, with administrative offices and a Hybrid Studies Learning Center at Martinsburg Mall.

MSU offers nearly 300 courses to military personnel, giving them the opportunity to earn college degrees sometimes without ever setting foot in a traditional classroom, the release said. Active-duty military, reservists and National Guard members are eligible for discounted tuition rates and financial aid.

Mountain State belongs to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges consortium and has earned designation as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine for several years in a row, according to the release.  

Founded in 1933, MSU is based in Beckley, W.Va., and serves more than 9,000 students annually, the release said.

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