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Veterans

We’re proud of our students who serve(d) in the armed forces and we're here to give back in support of their pursuit of higher education.

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Veteran in front of Old Spart Spring 2016

Education Benefits

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  • Training Timetable

    Training Timetable

    The Veteran Training Timetable allows you to calculate your status as a student based on the number of weeks per term and the amount of semester hours you are enrolled.

  • New and Transfer Students

    New and Transfer Students

    Applying for VA Benefits

    1. Submit your application for York College to the Admissions Office
    2. Request an official military transcript from your service branch:
    3. Once you're accepted for admission to York, apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA
    4. Apply for VA Benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    5. Register for classes through the Registrar's Office
    6. Submit the Certificate of Eligibility for VA Benefits (received from the Department of Veterans Affairs once you have been approved) and the Request for Certification to the Records Office
    7. Check your current Post-9/11 GI Bill® enrollment status on eBenefits

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

  • Returning Students

    Returning Students

    Recertification for VA Benefits

    1. Pay your deposit and register for classes
    2. Submit the Request for Certification to the Records Office
    3. Check your current Post-9/11 GI Bill® enrollment status on eBenefits

    *Request for Certification forms must be completed when you register for EVERY term you wish to claim benefits.

    • A veteran who is eligible for education benefits may enroll as a non-matriculated student for a maximum of two enrollment periods and still utilize those benefits.
    • Additional Information can be found on the GI Bill® website or by calling the VA directly at 1.888.442.4551.

    Any questions or concerns relative to veterans education benefits should be directed to:

    Kristi Viands, Director of Records
    Miller Administration Building, Room 31
    717.815.1232
    kviands@ycp.edu

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Additional Information For Veteran Students at York

  • Ways of Achieving Alternative Academic Credit

    Veterans have the potential to earn credit through life experience, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and credit by exam through York College.


    Life Experience Credit

    Students wanting to pursue academic credit for previous life experiences must present a portfolio of experiences in writing to the Provost’s Office.  The portfolio will then be forwarded to the appropriate department(s) for review and evaluation.  A determination will be made as to whether the life experiences are equivalent to any active York College courses.

    Credit By Examination

    Students may earn course credit by successfully completing an examination that tests mastery of the learning outcomes of a given course. The Credit By Examination guidelines are as follows:

    • Only matriculated students at York College can take a Credit By Examination.
    • The exam may not be used to improve a grade in a course previously completed.  Students can not repeat a course by taking a Credit By Examination.
    • A student may not challenge any course required for graduation during the last semester of attendance.
    • A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in order for the student to receive credit and quality points on the official transcript.
    • The maximum number of credits which any student may earn by Credit By Examination is 30.

    Application for examination should be made in writing to the appropriate Department Chair on forms available in the Registrar’s Office and Academic Advising Office.  If the Department Chair approves the application, the Chair will designate the appropriate instructor who will prepare, administer and evaluate the examination that is not normally less than three hours in length.  Final approval is needed by the Director of Academic Advising. The student will need to pay the non refundable examination fee to the Business Office before taking the examination.

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    Credit will be granted on CLEP examinations on the basis of the York College of Pennsylvania CLEP Equivalency report available at the Registrar’s Office. To obtain credit the student must score above 50 in each test and meet any other requirements specified on the Equivalency report or by the College. The following regulations apply:

    1. CLEP examinations may not be scheduled within the final 30-credit residency period.
    2. A course for which CLEP credit has been granted will be noted on the official transcript.
    3. The maximum number of credits that any one person may earn by advanced placement, CLEP and/or credit by examination is 60 for the baccalaureate degree and 30 for the associate’s degree.
    4. Students may not receive CLEP credit for a course that has already been taken at York College.
  • Military & Veterans Advocacy Committee

    The Military and Veterans Advocacy Committee (MVAC) will coordinate and facilitate support services for active military students and veterans attending York College through cooperation with various offices and services around campus.


    Responsibilities

    The MVAC will ensure that communications with active military students and veterans attending York College are maintained. The Military and Veterans Advocate will act as the primary facilitator of communications as well as coordinating MVAC goals. Goals will be determined by the MVAC based on the needs and concerns brought to the committee by students and employees.  Any questions, concerns, or ideas are welcome at mvac@ycp.edu.

    Committee Members

  • Military Withdrawals

    Students called to active duty during a semester should present a copy of their military orders to the Vice President of Student Affairs, Joseph Merkle, in the Miller Administration Building, Room 131. If timing does not permit a student to complete the required forms and present his/her military orders prior to leaving campus, the student may withdraw by sending a personally signed written request for a military withdrawal. A copy of his/her military orders must accompany the request.

    Students granted a military withdrawal will receive a full refund of tuition and fees. Refunds of room-and-board charges will be prorated to the date of the withdrawal.

  • Off-Campus Resources

    Dream Makers Program for First-Time Homebuyers
    PenFed Foundation
    PO Box 1432
    Alexandria, VA 22313-2032

    Hometown Heroes Discount Card Program
    York Recorder of Deeds
    28 E Market St
    York, PA 17401
    717.771.9295

    York County Veterans Outreach
    Kevin Eck
    717.578.3738
    YCVeteransOutreach@gmail.com

    York VA Outpatient Clinic
    2251 Eastern Blvd
    York, PA 17402
    717.840.2730

    Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and their Families
    Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC
    1101 Fifth Ave., Suite 250
    San Rafael, CA 94901

    York County Veteran Affairs Office
    28 E. Market Street
    York, PA 17401
    717.771.9218

  • YCP Employees Who Served

    Barry McFarland, Kinsley Eng Center Machine Shop Mgr, Navy (1959-1965)

    Bill Glenwright, Laboratory Instructor and CIAC Liaison, Army (1966-1968)

    Cindi Reisinger, Executive Assistant, Army (1980-1986)

    Darrell Wilt, Director of Counseling Services, Army (1987-1990). In 1991 was re-activated for the 1st Gulf war.

    David Fyfe, Assistant Professor of Geography, Army (1995-1998) - Infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division

    George Brown, 3rd Shift Housekeeping Supervisor, Navy (1972-1975)

    Gerald Patnode, Assistant Professor of Business, Air Force, Navy (1962-1968)

    Gerald Siegel, Professor of English, Army (1963-65) and USAR (1965-69)

    J. Michael Blades, Office Manager for Campus Safety, Air Force (1991-1997)

    Jefrey Woodall, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Air Force Honorable Discharge (1978)

    John Weaver, D.B.A., Assistant Professor of Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Analysis Coordinator, Army, 82d Airborne Division (1990- 2010). 

    Scott Hamilton, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Army 1984-2010, Corps of Engineers Officer, retired LTC, Afghanistan veteran (2007-2008).

    Tamara Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Cybersecurity, Air Force (1993-2013)

    Wayne Blanding, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Navy (1982-2002)

     

  • SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

    The Military and Veterans Advocacy Committee coordinates the York College SALUTE chapter as a way to formally recognize and honor the academic achievement of students who serve(d) in the military. The core values of the honor society are Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence—the terms to which the SALUTE name refers. Each spring semester, candidates are identified per membership standards and contacted about applying; eligible individuals are then invited to participate in an induction ceremony. Check out the keynote speech of the 2016 ceremony below!

  • Student Veterans Lounge

    The Student Veterans Lounge is a space on campus specifically for our students who serve(d) in the military. It is located on the southeast corner and bottom level of Tyler Run Apartments III and features ID card-protected access, a lounge area with a TV and gaming equipment, a kitchen and private bathroom, storage lockers, and a meeting/study area with a printer and WiFi.

    A map showing where the veterans lounge is located.

  • Priority Registration

    Veterans receive priority registration and will be allowed to select classes on the first day of registration.  You must connect with our Records Office (Miller Administration Building, Ground Floor) during your first semester at York College to be sure you are on the priority registration list.  If you have questions about this process, please contact the Records Office at 717.815.1503. You will receive portal announcements each semester reminding you when registration opens for the next semester.    

  • Transfer Equivalencies

    Please explore our Transfer Resource Center (TRC) for questions about the transfer credit process.  Additionally, we have our Transfer Equivalencies available to see how your credits may transfer to York College. The Joint Service/Military transcript equivalencies are available under “M.” If you have questions about the TRC or equivalencies, please contact Katie Schwienteck at 717.815.1448 or kschwien@ycp.edu.  

York's Military Connections

We are proud of the York College Spartans who have served or are serving our country as members of the armed forces and would like to recognize several distinguished members of this outstanding group. If you know someone deserving of such attention, please contact magazine@ycp.edu.
  • Colonel Steven Lynch '85

    Colonel Steven Lynch '85

    image for Military Connections

    Lynch was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1985, along with four of his York College classmates. "I was a Criminal Justice major and had a three-year Army ROTC scholarship," he said. "York College was, at that time, an extension campus of Gettysburg College. I was originally detailed to serve as an Infantry officer. In 1985, we were still expecting to fight the Soviets, so the vast majority of young officers commissioned during that time were detailed to Infantry."

    Lynch spent three years as an Infantry officer, then requested a transfer to serve as a Military Police officer. "I had an interest to serve my country and an interest in law enforcement, so I knew after my initial tour as an Infantry officer I could request a change in military occupation," he said.  

    Lynch's 27-year career as an Army Military Police Officer has included managing law enforcement and security operations, confinement operations, police intelligence operations, counterterrorism and felony crime investigations. He has served as a corrections technical advisor for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command for detainee operations in Somalia; as the executive officer to the Commandant and the Director of Custody for the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks; as warden of the Army's confinement facility in Europe; as a corrections advisor for operations in Kosovo; and as the Commander for the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF), working closely with the Office of Military Commissions and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs on highly sensitive and complex detainee issues in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    "First and foremost, I had the honor and privilege to serve with the very best soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in our Armed Forces," he said of his career. "I've had the good fortune to command five different military police organizations at all levels -- captain through colonel. I have commanded in combat and in peacetime.  

    "I also have been blessed to have a wide range of experience – corrections, law enforcement, criminal investigations, Professor of Military Science and Department Chair at Saint Bonaventure University, and U.S. senior advisor to the Afghan Minister of Interior, who is responsible for the national police force that totals more than 120,000 uniformed police officers."

    He attributes some of his success in the military to a good start at York College.

    "York College gave me a solid foundation to begin a 27-year career as an Army Military Police officer," he said. "I had really superb Criminal Justice professors, and I thought the YCP Criminal Justice program was excellent. Professor Martin Devers was simply magnificent and a great mentor."

    In June 2012, Lynch began a new chapter in his life when he was selected to serve as the senior Department of the Army civilian employee for the Army Corrections Command (ACC), responsible for oversight of the Army Corrections System and management of the Army's worldwide corrections programs. He and his family currently live in the Virginia area.

  • Commander Carrie (Hill) Kennedy '91, Ph.D.

    Commander Carrie (Hill) Kennedy '91, Ph.D.


    Commander Carrie (Hill) Kennedy '91, Ph.D., has an impressive list of credentials and achievements. 

    Kennedy’s academic career began at York College. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1991, then earned a master's degree in Psychology from Washington College in 1993, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1995, and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2000. During the final year of her Ph.D. program, she accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the Navy, serving as a psychology intern at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. “The Navy had always been an attractive option with many of my relatives serving in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines," she said.

    She paid back her time for internship training to the Navy at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. While there, she was awarded two years of Duty Under Instruction (DUINS), which she spent in the postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical School from 2004 to 2006.

    Following DUINS she was transferred to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL where she trained as an Aeromedically Qualified Psychologist; Kennedy is one of two Navy officers qualified to conduct evaluations on Navy and Marine Corps aviators, air crew and air traffic controllers. While stationed in Pensacola, she deployed to the Detention Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where she served as Chief of Behavioral Health Services for detainees, and to Helmand Province, Afghanistan with 1st Medical Battalion, where she worked in the combat hospital assessing blast concussed Marines.

    Kennedy is currently the Group Psychologist for the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group in Quantico, VA, where she "assesses and selects the best Marines for Marine Corps Embassy Security duty."

    She is the co-editor/co-author of the books Military Neuropsychology, Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment; Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology and Military Psychology: Clinical and Operational Applications, now in its second edition. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, she serves on the editorial boards of Military Psychology and Psychological Services.

    Kennedy's experience at York College played a significant role in her various successes. "York did more than just prepare me academically for graduate school," she said. "Being a Resident Assistant taught me valuable leadership skills. My sorority (Delta Phi Epsilon) experiences developed my teamwork skills. And writing for The Spartan was my first publishing experience. These skills turned out to be critical for my psychology career and for success as a Naval officer."

  • Major Anthony J. Agbay '01

    Major Anthony J. Agbay '01

    On the same day that thousands of athletes participated in the Boston Marathon, a group of patriots ran their own marathon on the streets of Bagram, Afghanistan.

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Anthony J. Agbay '01 finished sixth in the Boston Marathon Military Shadow Run, which began at 3 a.m. Bagram time to match the start of Boston's marathon.

    "I had never competed in a race longer than a 10K, so jumping all the way to a 26.2-mile marathon was quite a challenge," said Agbay, who faced several challenges training for the event. His base in Afghanistan is located at an elevation of more than 5,000 feet, and the air quality is very poor. "I had to do most of my training on a treadmill in a tent," he said. "It was grueling, but it proved to be an effective way of keeping my mind clear while deployed."

    Agbay participated in cross country and track and field at Auburn High School, Auburn, MA, and then went on to earn academic All-American honors in cross country at York College in 2000.

    "I liked that York was a Division III school, and I would be able to compete on the cross-country and track teams," he said. "I met coach [Rich] Achtzehn when I toured the school, and he was very welcoming. The campus was beautiful, and the students seemed happy. This may have actually been the clincher for me. I toured other schools where the students didn't seem happy. York had a very lively and positive atmosphere."

    Agbay graduated magna cum laude from York College (Biology) and was sworn in to the Air Force on Sept. 21, 2001, 10 days after the 9-11 attacks. Selected for a full medical scholarship by the U.S.  Air Force, he graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before serving a five-year residence at Michigan State University. He began his four-year active duty commitment to the Air Force in 2010, and is currently serving as a diagnostic radiologist.

    Agbay's experience at York College prepared him well for the rigors of medical school and his current work. "I had the freedom to choose my major, my classes, and how large of a course load to carry at York," he said. "I also had an academic adviser to help me plan my strategy. The classes were all taught well and taught by professors, not their assistants. I studied hard and was well-prepared for medical school. I was able to excel in medical school, and I could have chosen any medical specialty. The constitution provides the freedom to pursue the American Dream. York College is an excellent institution that provides all the education and support necessary in order to be successful in that pursuit."

    Agbay's home base is Langley Air Force Base in VA. While he is deployed, his wife (U.S. Army Capt. Ning Agbay, a career military officer) and children (Anthony, 7; Ace, 6; Maverick, 4) are staying with relatives in Taiwan.

    "I joined the military because I love America, the constitution, and freedom," said Agbay. "I believed that joining the military would be a way to defend these things."

    Contributing material from a Worcester (MA) Telegram and Gazette article by Ellie Oleson.

  • Robert Krebs '13

    Robert Krebs '13

    Senior Robert Krebs, an Early Childhood/Special Education major from York and U.S. Army veteran, was chosen as the 2011-12 Golden Apple Award winner for excellence in the study of Special Education. The Golden Apple Award recognizes a student’s professionalism as an undergraduate scholar at York College, and in public school classrooms, even before they graduate.image for Military Connections

    Krebs volunteers in special education classrooms throughout York County and has worked for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit as a Substitute Teaching Assistant/Personal Care Assistant. “My goal is not simply a want to work in special education, nor a desire,” he wrote in his application for the Award. “It is, for me, a destiny. Being a teacher of students with special needs is where I belong.”

    The Golden Apple Award is presented annually through the generosity of Communications faculty member Lowell Briggs and his wife, Marsha. Their youngest daughter lives with Down Syndrome, and her education and the education of all children with special needs are of primary importance to the Briggs family.

    Through the Department of Education at York College, they provide a cash award to the Education major with the highest GPA in their Special Education studies. Applicants apply for the honor annually, which includes having their names inscribed on The Golden Apple Award plaque in the Education Department. Education faculty members review the applications and select annual recipients.

    “Your military service has engrained in you the superb attributes of duty, honor, integrity and service,” wrote Lowell Briggs in Krebs’ award letter.

    “Few of your academic peers can appreciate what those words truly mean to the extent you can. Just as you have been tested in the U.S. Army, you will be challenged differently in the special education classroom.”

    Krebs enlisted in 2005 at the age of 17. "I decided to enlist out of a sense of responsibility, to both my community and to my country," he said. "I felt that if I would not do it, who would? At the time, we were two years into the Iraq war, and four years into Afghanistan. I didn't know if I would end up in either, but I enlisted nonetheless."

    Krebs completed basic training between his junior and senior year of high school, then went on to active duty following graduation. "Needless to say, it was a unique experience for someone so young," he said. "I would be lying if I didn't also mention that I was feeling a bit adventurous as well. I certainly got my adventure."

    While on active duty (2005-2007, with the exception of his senior year of high school), Krebs served in Field Artillery as a forward observer, "the guy that directs artillery fire." He also served in that capacity later as a member of the National Guard, before switching to Signal Corps and working with satellite communication devices. He was activated again in 2008-2009 to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. "That is the job I did in Iraq, providing secure communications for helicopters and convoys," he said.

    Upon his return from Iraq, he married Kayla, who is also an educator. Krebs made the decision to attend York College at that time. "As a lifelong resident of York, York College was my natural choice. I have to say that it has been a perfect fit so far. I am very happy with my academics, and the level of challenge afforded me by York College keeps me busy."

  • Darren Lunsford '15

    Darren Lunsford '15

    In 2005, Darren Lunsford '15, an Elementary Education major from Dover, PA, was wounded while riding on a supply convoy on an Iraqi highway system. He recently received a Purple Heart for his combat injuries.image for Military Connections

    Lunsford enlisted in the Air Force in 2004 to help pay for college. "After realizing I couldn't afford college, I decided on the military since they offer the GI Bill with enlistment," he said. "I settled on the Air Force because of the way the recruiter treated me opposed to the way other branches' recruiters did."

    While on deployment in Iraq, Lunsford was the lead vehicle gunner on the .50-caliber machine gun, providing security for the convoy, which had been hit 13 times in six months by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)s. He doesn't remember the explosion on Nov. 15, 2005, that knocked him unconscious. A medic checked him out and found he was bleeding from the ear. They thought he might have a concussion and a punctured ear drum.

    On the return trip the following day, Lunsford's truck was hit again. This time, several of the discs in his spine were left herniated or bulging. The ear injury turned into a constant ringing noise in his head. When he returned to Andrews Air Force Base in MD, doctors diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Before he left Andrews, Lunsford landed a job transporting dignitaries, including Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, who told him he should have been awarded a Purple Heart for his combat injuries. Klotz helped with the paperwork, but in 2006, Lunsford was denied the medal due to a lack of medical records.

    "I figured if a general sends it and it gets denied, it's over," Lunsford said. "No big deal. At least I'm alive."

    Then, at a hearing regarding his medical benefits in August 2011, someone asked if he'd received a Purple Heart. He explained what had happened. A few months went by, and on the day before his 27th birthday, he received a call and was told he would be awarded the medal. Tanya McGough, a counselor with an organization called the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2), had the pleasure of making the call. The request had been approved as a result of the AFW2 gathering and packaging the necessary documentation.

    "You can tell people all these stories," Lunsford said. "But to actually have proof and recognition for the things you did. It kind of made it all worth your while and the hell you went through."

    Lunsford enrolled at Harrisburg Area Community College following his discharge, and once he had earned enough credits, he transferred to York College as an Early Childhood Education major. He believes his experience as a veteran is quite different from that of many of the students who join him in the classroom.

    "I have a wife and a 2-year-old son who are relying on me to finish my degree as quickly as possible and to gain employment in the near future," he said. "I'm having 100% of my education paid for, and on top of that getting paid to be a full-time student. These are both great perks, but they didn't come without a price. Overall, I feel like the route I've taken has given me a higher appreciation of the importance of what it means to be able to be in college. I must succeed; failure is not an option."

    Contributing material from a York Sunday (PA) News article by Bill Landauer.

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