Following three years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Ted Black used his GI Bill and returned to Westmoreland County Community College and enrolled in the welding program. After earning his associate degree in welding, he completed the remaining courses for the Drafting and Design Associate of Applied Science degree, a program he started at Westmoreland following his high school graduation. Now he works as a quality control inspector for Stellar Precision Components, an aerospace and defense contract manufacturing company, using the knowledge he gained in both the welding and drafting and design programs. “Education as a whole has made me prouder of myself,” said Ted. “Being able to get an education at Westmoreland, which is recognized in the community, made it easier to get a job that I really enjoy.” Focusing on StudentVeterans 100% of Westmoreland’s 2015 Drafting and Design associate degree graduates secured jobs in theirfieldearninganaveragesalary of $46,033 – for a tuition and fees program cost of $7,740 resulting in an ROI of 494% in the first year. As Ted’s story shows, Pennsylvania’s community colleges are welcoming to the military. In 2015-16, our community colleges enrolled nearly 5,000 Veteran students. Nine of our community colleges have been awarded the Military-Friendly® designation for 2017.