Pitt–Bradford named National Guard-friendly school

Pitt–Bradford has been named one of 30 colleges and universities in the initial group of National Guard-friendly schools by the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations.

“Guardsmen have unique responsibilities that active duty troops and reservists do not have, and this creates different challenges for them when pursuing a degree,” said retired Brig. Gen. George Schwartz, chairman of the association’s Education Council. “These 30 schools have made a deliberate effort to be flexible, accommodating and supportive of guardsmen-students and deserving of recognition.”

At Pitt-Bradford during the 2018-2019 academic year, the National Guard provided $64,888 to students for educational expenses.

Pitt-Bradford offers military science classes through the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Seneca Battalion at St. Bonaventure University in nearby Allegany, N.Y. Entry-level ROTC classes taught by National Guard instructors are available on the Pitt-Bradford campus for a student’s first two years.

After that, students travel to St. Bonaventure to take advanced leadership courses with juniors from the five other colleges in the Seneca Battalion, all located in New York: St. Bonaventure, Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, Alfred University, Houghton College and Jamestown Community College.

Pitt-Bradford students serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard are able to drill monthly with Company C Armory at the nearby Bradford Regional Airport.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at Pitt-Bradford, contact Robert Dilks, assistant vice president of enrollment management, at 814-362-7693 or dilks@pitt.edu.