By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Members of the military and their families can receive college training to begin a new career in health care at Four-D College. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved all programs at
Four-D College for veteran tuition assistance reimbursement. “Four-D College is proud to serve those who serve our country,” said CEO and President Linda Smith. “We encourage military members and their families to consider Four-D College as they seek to advance and grow in their careers.”
These benefits also apply in many cases to the spouses, and children (ages 18-26) of military members. Retired, disabled and honorably discharged veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, and spouses of deceased or disabled veterans are also often eligible.
Jason Ramirez, 32, of Apple Valley, completed the Vocational Nursing program in April 2011 using veterans’ benefits for tuition assistance.
Ramirez, served as a medic in the United States Army, primarily at Ft. Lewis, Washington from 1998 through 2005. He then got married, and moved with his wife to Apple Valley in 2009.
“I had wanted to use my veterans’ benefits to study nursing,” Ramirez said. “A nurse at Desert Knolls’ Convalescent Hospital, where Four-D College students practice clinical, told me about the Victorville campus, so I went there to check them out.” A financial aid adviser helped Ramirez submit paperwork to the Veterans’ Administration to cover his tuition. A short time later he began studies in the vocational nursing program.
“The Post 9-11 Veterans bill provides even more help with tuition than mine did, so I definitely would recommend anyone who has recently served in the military take advantage of this opportunity to further their education,” Ramirez said. “If they had experience working in health care in the military, Four-D College should be able to help them quickly obtain certification to continue their career outside of the military.” “We understand the demands and challenges of advancing or reentering an increasingly competitive job market upon the conclusion of active duty service,” Director of Admissions Angelo Lioudakis said. “We are pleased to be able to offer an affordable, quality education to help them prepare for and excel in a rewarding career in the health care industry.” “We are committed to helping our veterans and their eligible family members develop the skills and knowledge required by today’s workforce,” said Lioudakis. Four-D College has specially trained advisors at both campuses who can assist potential students in how veterans’ benefits can be used. These include Lioudakis, who served in the United States Army for three years and the Army Reserves for five years.
With a campus in Victorville, Four-D College is one of the most easily accessible college campuses to the Marine Corps Logistic Base in Barstow and the Ft. Irwin National Training Center.
Meanwhile, Four-D College’s Colton campus is near the homes of many families with a member serving the Reserve or Guard military forces at March Air Reserve Base.
Both campuses are also convenient for Inland Empire residents who served their country at military installations elsewhere, then relocated to San Bernardino or Riverside counties later.
Four-D College can accept most Veterans Affairs educational benefits. It will be able to accept the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits starting Oct. 1, when the U.S Department of Veterans’ Affairs modifies that bill so it can be used to pay tuition for apprenticeships, on-the-job training and certificate programs.
Four-D College provides education in the growing health care field at locations in Colton and Victorville. Four-D College offers programs in vocational nursing, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, dental assistant, massage therapy and pharmacy technician. Both campuses have received full accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
New courses begin monthly at Four-D College and most courses are offered in the day and evening. Massage Therapy and Dental Assistant programs are offered in the daytime only.