The recipient of a master’s in engineering management from the University of Alabama, Mike Elmore is the CEO and president of Sun Mountain, a California-certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise that provides assistance to the state’s underground infrastructure construction firms and utility providers. A former engineer and captain with the United States Air Force, Mike Elmore is passionate about employment opportunities for veterans and, as such, over 60 percent of Sun Mountain’s staff have served in the military.
Each year, the Military Times releases its rankings of four-year colleges best suited for military veterans. Factors that determine the rankings include tuition costs as well as the presence of a veterans center and the implementation of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, among others. The University of South Florida earned the No. 1 ranking on the 2017 list, as it met most of the ideal criteria, and had 1,588 veterans enrolled in classes as of 2015 as well as a 68 percent graduation rate among veterans.
Rutgers University ranked second with similar figures across the board, while Syracuse University ranked third. In 2015, Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management alone enrolled over 160 military personnel and veterans in a class of 898 and boasted a 100 percent course completion rate. Rounding out the top five was Armstrong State University and D’Youville College.