Northwood Technical College takes pride in serving its veteran student base at all four campuses. When it was recently announced that Northwood Tech was part of the official list of schools across the nation that have earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly Schools award level designations, it was an honor and a remarkable moment for the local educational institution. Not only did Northwood Tech make the official list, but the college was allocated Silver for the 2022-2023 Military Friendly Schools award for the category of small community colleges.

In response to this incredible designation for Northwood Tech, President John Will stated, “We’re proud of this recognition, but most importantly are proud to serve those who have contributed to all of us in their military service.”

Stephanie Smith, Veteran Student Advocate, stated, “By creating the Veteran Student Advocate position, Northwood Tech made veteran services at the college a priority. This is the 7th year in a row we’ve been recognized as a Military Friendly School, and we’re proud that the work we’ve done to improve the quality of our services has been recognized.”

As part of Northwood Tech’s efforts to provide valuable assistance to military-connected students, the technical college has a Veteran Student Advocate available at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses. The Veteran Student Advocate is available to help students navigate the college experience each step of the way. Support includes finding the right program fit, navigating the application and enrollment process, providing academic and non-academic support and assisting in accessing benefits or obtaining credit for prior training and experience in the military.

Commitment and support to veterans by all post-secondary schools is the fundamental reason schools are eligible to participate in order to achieve a recognition award in either Gold, Silver, or Bronze categories. According to Military Friendly Schools, evaluations and criteria for earning the Military Friendly Schools Top Awards were based on public data and responses from a private survey taken by over 1,800 schools for 2022-2023. Altogether, 665 schools were granted level designation awards in Gold, Silver, and Bronze with only 282 out of the 665 schools selected receiving a Gold recognition award status. The final ratings for the awards were determined after combining the survey responses and the public data according to a formal assessment. Scores are measured based on the schools’ proficiency and advancement as it pertains to levels of achievement in Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Repayment, Persistence, and Loan Default rates across the board for students, but specifically as it correlates to student veterans. The criteria, category weights, and system was determined by Viqtory, a military marketing company, with feedback from the Military Friendly Advisory Council.

The 2022-2023 Military Friendly Schools designation list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine's May 2022 issue and is available by accessing their website

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A nationally top-ranked college and a designated Silver 2022-23 Military Friendly School, Northwood Tech serves the educational and career needs of more than 15,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Tech offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. Northwood Tech is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

Last Update: Mar 30, 2022 10:31 am CDT

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