Live in the Yakima Valley - Honoring Our Veterans


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Honoring Our Veterans

November 12, 2012

Not Just Today, but Every Day

Hundreds gathered last Thursday at Perry Technical Institute to dedicate a new veterans’ monument as they were recognized by the State of Washington as a veteran-supportive school.  The monument and the recognition remind all of us on Veterans Day that after more than a decade fighting two wars there are many in our community, our neighbors, who have proudly served their country and are now in the process of adjusting back into society. To better understand and serve the needs of our veterans Perry Technical Institute has undertaken a number of projects to understand and better serve the needs of veterans.

    • In September 2011, all employees attended a training session on how to better serve veterans. Peter G. Schmidt from the Veterans Training Support Center at Edmonds Community College gave a presentation on understanding the culture of a veteran.


    • In the fall of 2011, students, staff and faculty collected snacks, toiletries, games and other items and sent 150 care packages to troops serving abroad.


    • In 2009, they formed the Veteran’s Alliance. The mission of the alliance is to honor our current active duty military and veterans through community service, camaraderie, and support. The group leads local initiatives and activities that display respect and support of our active duty military and veterans. The Veteran’s Alliance meets at 11:30 am on the second Thursday of the month on the PTI campus.


    • The Veteran’s Alliance raised funds to erect a veteran’s monument on the Perry campus. The monument took over a year to plan and build, and cost about 15 thousand dollars.


    • John Lee, director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, presented the school with a certificate recognizing Perry as a veteran-supportive school.

Perry Tech continues to be a leader in education in our community. The contributions and forward thinking attitude by staff and students alike have quietly made them a rich asset in our own backyard.  In September Perry Tech was one of 17 institutions in the nation to receive the 2012 School of Excellence award from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and College (ACCSC). To be eligible for the award, an institution must meet all prescribed accrediting standard benchmarks, including successfully completing the accreditation process without any findings of non-compliance. The school must also demonstrate that the majority of its student graduation and graduate employment rates for all programs meet or exceed the average rates of graduation and employment among all ACCSC-accredited institutions.

“We are truly honored to receive the ACCSC School of Excellence Award. We will continue to uphold our commitment of providing quality education to every student who comes through our doors,” said Perry President Christine Cote?. “We are committed to operating with integrity at every level of our organization, and we are proud to be an ACCSC-accredited institution.” Based in Arlington, Virginia, the ACCSC is a private, nonprofit, independent accrediting agency which is recognized by the United States Department of Education as an organization which works to ensure quality education for 250,000 students at more than 800 accredited institutions across the United States.

For more information about Perry Technical Institute’s Veterans Programs and more visit their website at  

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