About 50 north country residents are enrolled in the college.
Navy veteran Shay Leech of North Carolina, who studies medical reimbursement and coding online, wanted better resources for military students. Tuesday, she launched the Student Veterans at Bryant & Stratton College Online group — hosted by LinkedIn — to provide resources, support and advocacy.
"Too often, veterans who start college drop out because of a lack of support," she said in a release. "While Bryant & Stratton College Online already provides resources to help military students and veterans continue with their education, I wanted to form a group so veterans and active duty students would have a community where we could support each other as well."
The effort comes at a tough time for former service members.
The April unemployment rate for veterans of post-9-11 wars is 10.9 percent, nearly 2 percentage points higher than the national average, according to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In April, the online college launched a $6,000 scholarship, called Salute to Spouses, for students married to active-duty service members of any rank.