Cameron launches “Freedom to Learn” initiative for military students

Freedom to Learn
Cameron University President Cindy Ross was today joined by State Regent Bill Burgess, Major General Peter M. Vangjel, Commanding General, United States Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, and other distinguished guests to announce "Freedom to Learn," a new initiative developed by Cameron University to assist active duty military in their pursuit of a college degree. Under the "Freedom to Learn" program, Cameron University will provide laptop computers to active duty military students enrolled at CU in six or more hours online for fall and spring semesters. The program is open to members of all branches of the service. Military students who complete a Cameron degree are eligible to keep the laptop. 

"Active duty military working toward a college degree face unique obstacles, including deployment overseas," says Ross. "We want to facilitate degree completion among this group of Cameron students by providing them with a laptop computer. With more than 88 classes online for the Fall 2009 semester and 11 degree programs available completely online, CU makes it possible for active duty military to complete their college degrees while fulfilling the responsibilities that accompany their selfless service to our nation."

Students qualifying for "Freedom to Learn" will receive a laptop computer with a 15.4" LCD display, DVD ReadWrite Drive, Microsoft operating system and Office software, 250 GB hard drive, 1.3 megapixel integrated camera and a wireless network interface card.  

Additionally, each computer will include "Complete Care Insurance," which covers non-routine damage to the computers.

"We take great pride in our military community," says Ross. "We are appreciative of their service, and we will continue to support them at every available opportunity."

In addition to "Freedom to Learn," CU recently initiated two other programs targeted toward military students and veterans. CU participates in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Financial Assistance Program, in which spouses of active duty military personnel may receive up to $6000 over two years to assist in their pursuit of a college degree. Cameron's Office of Admissions administers the program. 

Additionally, the university has partnered with the United States Veterans Administration to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides supplemental support to veterans eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. CU has committed to provide 50 qualifying students up to $2,484 each during the 2009-2010 academic year to help offset educational costs not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Benefits, a $124,200 commitment to our students who are veterans. CU's Office of Veterans Affairs administers the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For more information about "Freedom to Learn," active duty military should call (580) 355-8211.

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July 2, 2009
PR# 09-150