PDCCC a friend to service members

Published 10:44 pm Monday, September 23, 2013

Paul D. Camp Community College has been named to the coveted 2014 Military Friendly Schools list, college officials announced Monday.

The list incorporates the top 20 percent of schools nationwide that “deliver the best experience for military students,” according to www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

Selection of the list is overseen by Victory Media, described as “the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.”

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In its fifth year, the list is put together using “extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding.”

Survey results that informed the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young using Victory Media’s weightings and methodology.

“Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country,” according to the website.

“We are pleased to be honored with this designation for the third consecutive year,” PDCCC President Paul Conco said. “We are also proud to be ranked in the top 20 percent with other prestigious schools throughout the country. We remain committed to student success for all of our students.”

Two upcoming events being promoted by the college are examples of how it engages military service members and veterans.

A “musical salute” will be held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin, room 214 at 100 N. College Drive, on Nov. 28. Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band will perform at the event from 7 to 9 p.m.

Then, on Nov. 22, the Virginia Student Veterans Conference takes place in Richmond.

Service-disabled military veterans own Victory Media, a small business. Its Military Friendly lists are widely published.

Felicia Blow, vice president for institutional advancement, said, “Our military community is critically important. Paul D. Camp Community College serves approximately 200 military and veteran students each year, a population that has increased in recent years and is expected to continue to grow.

“We are delighted to be named Military Friendly and will continue to serve the military/veteran community well, as we want them to come back to the college to continue their studies.”