BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Military veterans are increasingly turning to Golf Academy of America to begin a second career.
Utilizing Golf Academy of America's comprehensive training in the golf industry and the availability of funds from the GI Bill, military veterans now comprise an all-time high 23 percent of students at Golf Academy of America's five campuses throughout the country.
Golf Academy of America has achieved an impressive 82-percent job placement rate in the golf industry for its graduates.
"Military veterans have ideal skills and background to succeed at Golf Academy of America and in the golf industry in general," said Golf Academy of America president Jim Hart.
At Golf Academy of America, students receive hands-on training from an expert staff including PGA of America professionals. The 16-month program offers a fully accredited Associate's Degree in Applied Business in Golf Complex Operations and Management as well as access to several area golf courses.
Veterans' organizations on campus help former military personnel adjust to student life.
The GI Bill provides all tuition costs and pays students a monthly stipend.
"I was shocked to see all the military people in the school," said retired Army Sgt. Ryan Williams, a student at Golf Academy of America in Dallas. "Now, I'm learning a skill that will allow me to enjoy life."
Students such as retired Col. John Lenk, a former Army Golf Team member at Ft. Rucker, Ala., and others with a more modest golf background, graduate from Golf Academy of America well prepared for a career in the golf industry.
About Golf Academy of America
Golf Academy of America (formerly San Diego Golf Academy) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world. Golf Academy of America's 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Dallas. The schools are owned and operated by Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. Visit www.ECAColleges.com for more information.
SOURCE Golf Academy of America