Wilkes University was recognized as a 2022-2023 Guard Friendly School by the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS). This program is designed to recognize high schools, colleges, universities and trade schools that meet or exceed the standards that support and promote not only the Pennsylvania National Guard, but the recruitment and retention of soldiers and airmen, as well as the pursuit of post-secondary degrees and certifications by members of the Pennsylvania Guard.
Wilkes University is one of 65 recognized PNGAS Guard Friendly schools in the state. “These schools have made a deliberate effort to be flexible, accommodating and supportive of Guardsmen and their families and they are most definitely deserving of recognition,” said Joseph Dagney, Chairman of the PNGAS Education Action Council.
In order to enhance Guard recruitment and retention, PNGAS started collecting and sharing best practices among K-12, colleges, universities, trade, certification and training schools. With these practices schools are improving and competing to deliver excellent value to Guard members, veterans, military families and the general public.
“The PNGAS Guard Friendly School program is producing immediate and long-term benefits and synergies for students, veterans, faculty, alumni, schools, employers, military-families, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its economy,” said Chad Rettew, Executive Director, PNGAS and Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation. “We’re very proud to support this program.”