Officials credit GI Bill for enrollment growth
By Elvia Aguilar Caller.Com
Nationally, 300,000 veterans applied for expanded benefits for college education under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill.
At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, an estimated 100 veterans were added to the enrollment of more than 400 already attending the university and receiving benefits.
Del Mar College’s enrollment of veterans increased from 380 in fall 2008 to 481 this fall semester.
Coastal Bend College and Texas A&M University-Kingsville each saw an increase of at least three student veterans in the fall semester.
Lance Cpl. Douglas Gresenz, an A&M-Corpus Christi freshman, said he started taking courses in kinesiology to follow his lifelong dream of coaching football and teaching history. He also wanted to be more marketable when it came to finding employment.
“My dad always told me not to join the infantry because you won’t get any marketable skills unless you plan to go into law enforcement or security,” Gresenz said. “I wanted to do something else and get my degree.”
The influx in students prompted A&M-Corpus Christi to participate in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, a consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to helping service members and their families earn college degrees.
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