The College is a ‘Military Friendly’ Place to Learn

For the third consecutive year, Montgomery County Community College earned the designation as a Military Friendly School, as determined by G.I. Jobs magazine, a resource publication for veterans and active military.

Each year, G.I. Jobs analyzes 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to determine which institutions offer the best education, value and support for veterans and military students. The annual list recognizes the top 20 percent as Military Friendly Schools.

The ranking is based on a survey that examines an institution’s Veterans Administration’s approval of GI Bill benefits, College Level Exam Program (CLEP) acceptance, credit for military service, reserve and guard policies, access to flexible learning options, veteran programs, veteran student composition and assets dedicated to recruiting military students, as well as other criteria.

The College’s commitment to providing support services to its more than 350 student veterans is part of its overarching Student Success Initiative. The initiative focuses on expanding access to higher education and increasing student success by implementing process improvements and support strategies that reduce the barriers for students to complete their education.

“In recent years we have become aware of the increasing need to focus student support services on the needs of our growing veteran student population,” said Dr. Steady Moono, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Many of these students have served multiple tours of duty in an active war zone. We recognize that re-integration to civilian life may bring special challenges that could compromise academic performance.  To be truly effective, support services for veteran students must be comprehensive, multi-faceted, and responsive to emerging needs, and a range of resources is necessary to support their academic and career success.”

College President Dr. Karen A. Stout presents Veterans Academic Advisor George Pannebaker, Psychology Assistant Professor Dr. Ann Marie Donohue, Coordinator of Accelerated and Off Campus Programs Mary Beth Bryers and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Steady Moono with the Military Friendly School award. Representative Tom Murt and 2011 graduate and student veteran David Diaz joined the celebration. Photo by Nancy Tirrell Paravano

For more information about support and services for veterans at Montgomery County Community College, contact George Pannebaker at 215-619-7307 or gpanneba@mc3.edu.

To find out whether your military training or experience qualifies for academic credit, contact Mary Beth Bryers, Coordinator of Accelerated and Off-Campus Programs, at 215-641-6319 or mbryers@mc3.edu.

~ by Alana J. Mauger

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