Veteran Services

Serving Those Who Chose to Serve

Military Friendly School 2016The Veteran Services Office provides prompt and thorough service to veteran students in a confidential, respectful, and safe environment. Veteran Services offers assistance to veterans when choosing educational and vocational goals, building community, and increasing their potential. A wide range of support services and resources are offered which increases the potential of individuals to complete their academic goals successfully.

For general inquiries and information about Veteran Services at Renton Technical College, please contact:

  • Gerald Bradford, Veteran Adviser at 425-235-2352 ext. 5733 or via email.
  • Brenda Thompson, Veteran Services Manager at 425-235-2352 ext. 5805 or via email.

Getting Started at RTC

Students seeking to start college or re-enter college and utilize veteran or dependent benefits should first contact the Veteran Navigator either via e-mail or at (425) 235-5843. Once an appointment is made, one of the Veteran’s Service Staff will meet with the interested veteran/dependent/spouse and first discuss with them their desired field of study. Once a desired field of study is chosen, then any questions/concerns about benefits or navigating the benefit system will be covered. From there the Veteran Navigator will personally work with each veteran/dependent/spouse to get all appropriate paperwork filled out and get all questions answered.

In addition to providing assistance with benefit paperwork, the Veteran Navigator will also assist any student who is interested with filling out paperwork to take advantage of any federal grants or scholarships that they so desire to use.

Once all benefit and funding paperwork have been filled out, the Veteran Navigator or the Veteran’s advisor will assist the potential veteran/dependent/spouse student with completing the admission process for the college. Sometimes the process can be viewed as confusing or overwhelming, but the Veteran Navigator will personally assist and walk the student through each step, if they so desire, to ensure that each student builds a personal relationship with the Veteran Navigator and other Veteran Service Staff.

Renton Technical College is proud to offer a twenty-five percent tuition discount to all Veterans that have received an Honorable discharge from the military. To receive this discount, the Veteran must provide a copy of their DD214 reflecting the Honorable discharge upon registration. RTC also offers eligible Veterans, National Guard members, and their spouses who are using Veteran's benefits early registration for our classes/programs. A definition of “eligible Veterans and national guard members” can be found at the following link. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Veteran Services staff and they will be more than happy to assist you.


Credit for Non-Traditional Learning

Veterans may receive course credit based upon American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations in the Joint Service Transcript and through course challenges based on their Military Occupation Specialty (MOS). The course challenge fee is waived for veterans if the challenge is based upon the MOS. Veterans, like other students, may not earn more than 75% of the requirements for a credential through non-traditional learning.


Re-admission To RTC

RTC supports the re-admission and enrollment of Veteran students. Interested students should contact the Veterans Services Office and the Student Success Center when returning to the college.  The Veterans Services Office will then facilitate the process of advising, re-enrollment, priority placement into programs, registration and funding information.


Military Spouses at RTC

Military spouses seeking to start college or re-enter college whether utilizing VA benefits or not are encouraged to contact the Veteran’s Navigator who will guide them through funding paperwork, application, and registration.


Links and Resources for Veterans

Click here for helpful information about different resources and information that is available for veterans.


Links and Resources for Military Spouses

Click here for helpful information about different resources and information that is available for spouses.