PDCCC is ‘military friendly’

Published 10:10 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Military Award: Paul D. Camp Community College recently received the designation of a “Military Friendly School” from G.I. Jobs magazine. Above, Veterans Affairs Certifying Officials Heidi Warford, Teresa Harrison and Linda Stevenson display the award.

Paul D. Camp Community College recently was named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2012 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students, according to a press release from the college.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. The survey results can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

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“The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” said Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America. “Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

Service members and veterans also can meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

Paul D. Camp Community College currently has 101 military or veteran students enrolled.

“Serving (military students and veterans) is an honor, because they allow us to sleep at night,” said Veterans Affairs Certifying Official and financial aid assistant Linda Stevenson. “We thank them for their service.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. Most of the schools offer services such as scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, military credit and other services to those who have served. The list was compiled through extensive research and a survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide.