Mag cites PDCCC program

Published 10:01 pm Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paul D. Camp Community College has again been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, oversees this process.

Being a military-friendly school means:

  • There is a dedicated veteran liaison or service director for the military.
  • The institution maintains centralized services for veterans and military families.
  • The institution offered targeted counseling services for the military.
  • The school offers credits for military service.
  • There are student veteran organizations.
  • And there is an active web presence with military tools and services.
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Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and nine-year veteran said, “Inclusion on the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools shows PDCCC’s commitment to provide a supportive environment for military students. The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding.

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.

The Military Friendly Schools website, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features interactive tools and search functions to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.

The approximately 1,600 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

In addition, Victory Media launched the new Schools Matchmaker tool on www.GIJobs.com. The “matchmaker” enables student veterans and prospective military students to review more than 4,000 schools that are approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, as well as those schools on the Military Friendly Schools list.

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

Paul D. Camp Community College serves approximately 200 veterans and military students each year. As part of the college’s military and veteran engagement activities, the Office of Student Activities will host a “Salute to Veterans in our Community” concert Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin. Fort Lee’s 392nd Army Band will perform.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office or Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6700.