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EICC named a Home Base CHAMP

Military Student at MCC

In 2015, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced that Eastern Iowa Community Colleges was designated a Home Base Iowa Certified Academic Military Partner (CHAMP).

“The Home Base Iowa initiative aims to ensure that members of the military leaving the service are met with an abundance of career and academic opportunities right here in Iowa,” said Branstad. “Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I continue to be impressed by the outpouring of support for the Home Base Iowa initiative through the Home Base Iowa Community and Home Base Iowa CHAMPs programs.”

The U. S. military is drawing down 350,000 active duty personnel over the next five years. Iowa desires to honor America’s veterans and to recruit those transitioning military members to Iowa. The Home Base Iowa Act is a series of incentives offered statewide to make Iowa more competitive to recruit transitioning military members.

The Home Base Iowa CHAMPs ensure Iowa is an attractive place for transitioning military members who choose to pursue education first or in addition to private sector employment. Also, Home Base Iowa Businesses pledge a certain number of jobs for veterans and post their jobs on the Home Base Iowa website, www.homebaseiowa.org while Home Base Iowa Communities create a welcome transition from active duty through additional incentives at the local level.

Together, each component of Home Base Iowa is one element of a comprehensive effort to make Iowa the smart and strategic choice for service members as they transition to civilian life. 

To become a Home Base Iowa CHAMP, a college must meet very specific criteria in the areas of On-Campus Veteran Resources, Mindfulness of Service Member Transitions and Financial Considerations.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is one of just 12 colleges in the state, both public and private, two- and four-year, that have received the designation.

EICC, which includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges, enrolls more than 400 veterans and their dependents each year. The college is VA approved and is also designated as a Military Friendly college.

For more information go online to www.eicc.edu/military or call toll-free 1-888-336-3907.