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for release Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
MWCC Named to 2016 Military Friendly Schools List
GARDNER – For the seventh consecutive year, Mount Wachusett Community College has been recognized as a top military-friendly school for veterans, active military members and their dependents.
The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list, released Nov. 5 by Victory Media, features the top American colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. Now in its seventh year, the designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
“We are proud and honored to receive continued recognized for our ongoing commitment to the men and women who courageously serve our country, and to their families who also make a tremendous sacrifice,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “It is our responsibility to foster an environment in which student veterans can thrive as they transition to college life. Their presence and active participation in our classrooms and on our campuses enriches the entire college community.”
A designated Yellow Ribbon School with a long history of supporting veterans, Mount Wachusett is recognized for its wrap-around services provided through the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success and the Veterans Group student club, an affiliate of the Student Veterans of America. Established in 2010, MWCC’s veterans’ success center serves approximately 300 students each year, addressing the unique academic, financial, social and physical needs of veterans, military personnel and military families transitioning to college life.
Close partnerships with community and veteran organizations, such as the Veteran Administration’s VITAL program (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) and the Montachusett Veteran Outreach Center, also contribute to the college’s success in serving student veterans, said Bob Mayer, Director of Veterans Services at MWCC.
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief Product Officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veterans. The featured schools “are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
For more information about MWCC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit mwcc.edu/veteran.
MWCC will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.
About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at https://www.militaryfriendly.com.
About Mount Wachusett Community College:
Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central Massachusetts with campuses in Gardner, Leominster, Fitchburg and Devens. MWCC offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs, including nursing and allied health, criminal justice, fire science, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, media arts, and business. A new $42 million science and technology building will open in 2016. For more information, visit http://mwcc.edu.
About Victory Media:
Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at victorymedia.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.