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Lori York


Role and Company

Veterans Advisor & School Certifying Official , NORMANDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE


17 years experience in education


Lakeville, MN

About Lori

I have worked in higher education for the past 17 years, and 14 of those years included duties of School Certifying Office for VA education benefits.

The term "Veterans Advisor" is all encompassing here - admissions, academic planning, transferring in, transferring out, a little bit of financial aid and financial literacy, and of course VA education benefits. I'm also supervisor to students using the VA work-study program.

Here is my philosophy when I comes to serving students:
Doing the work of a school certifying official is so much more than shuffling paperwork and knowing the rules of VA education benefits. When done with care and tact, it becomes a ministry to students. I customized my work with layers of outreach, compassion, and gratitude for those who have served our country. I believe in humbly serving the needs of those who show up at my door and loving my fellow human beings so they can be the best versions of themselves.

At Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, my two mains areas of expertise were transfer credits and VA Education Benefits. In the absence of a formal department on our campus dedicated to serving military members and Veterans, my role of VA School Certifying Official morphed into an one-stop-shop based out of my office. I have been known to juggle many hats as I work with these students - advisor, cheerleader, listening ear, impromptu social work, party planner, cookie baker, etc. I probably shouldn't pick favorites, but it is true that this student population is indeed was the best part of my job.

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Lori's Recent Answers

8 months ago

I have completed my MA in Homeland Security and looking to use my VA Vocational Rehab benefits to get more training and or certifications in a demanding field, what other training and education will I need?

Marvin, Remember that Voc Rehab is an employment program with more limitations than Post-9/11 GI Bill which is an educational...

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10 months ago

Will my GI Bill pay for Six Sigma?

I've done some searching here in my home state (MN) and keep finding that Six Sigma training is mostly offered...

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one year ago

Does anybody have experience with Troops to Teachers?

Yes, Troops to Teachers is a wonderful and knowledgeable support organization for those looking to get into the education field. ...

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2 years ago

Can I use Army Tuition Assistance to pay for a CFA program?

On the GoArmyEd website, it says: "TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance...

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3 years ago

While still serving Active Duty, any chance one can earn their Master's degree without paying out of pocket?

Hello Jarred, To put a little perspective on your situation, $297 per credit sounds like a very reasonable cost for a...

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