College District Dedicated to Veterans

The Northern Wyoming Community College District is the only one in the state that has a program dedicated to serve veterans.

Brett Burtis, who is the director of Veterans Services and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serves full-time in his role of mentor, advisor and counselor. Burtis is also the advisor to Sheridan College's Veterans Club.

Those services are what have contributed to the college district being named a “Military Friendly” school for the third year in a row. The district includes Sheridan and Gillette colleges and the Johnson County outreach center. Only the top 20 percent of schools in the nation receive the “Military Friendly” designation.

The veterans services director said veterans who return to school after military service face different challenges.

In fact, he added, 40 percent of Sheridan College's students are non-traditional students, meaning they are in their late 20s or older. Among the special facilities for veterans in Sheridan is a veterans lounge in the new Thorne-Rider Campus Center. The facility is popular.

More than 90 Sheridan College students are veterans, and 28 veterans attend classes in Gillette.

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