SCC Named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine
Southeastern Community College has been named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2010. This honor places SCC in the top 15% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. SCC will be included in the 2010 G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, a publication distributed to active and former military personnel later this year.
The list was compiled through exhaustive research during which more than 7,000 schools were polled nationwide. Criteria were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute.
SCC Enrollment Specialist/Veterans Advisor Dennis Marino says that making this list will help the College better serve military personnel living throughout the Great River Region.
“With all the increased benefits in the new GI Bill, going to college will be even more enticing for veterans. Once vets see SCC is on the Military Friendly School list, we expect more inquiries about what we offer.”
Effective this year, the new GI Bill increases educational benefits available to members of the military who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, including reservists and members of the National Guard. The new bill allows veterans pursuing an approved program of education to receive payments covering college-related costs. It also provides them with a monthly housing cost stipend plus additional funds to cover books, supplies, equipment, and other educational costs.
Marino says that veterans attending college must have their college enrollment certified according to GI Bill requirements. Typically college certifying officials work as financial aid officers and don’t have the academic advising experience to guide veterans through their college career. At SCC, designated staff members who know the ins and outs of academic advising are tasked to work with all veterans. As Veterans Advisor, Marino is able to keep up-to-date on all the requirements as well as track each student’s academic progress.
“We try to keep close contact with our veteran students. The GI Bill requirements can be complicated and we’ve found that keeping close tabs on their academic career makes it easier for them to complete college without any hassles.”
G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. The company also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran- Owned Businesses.”
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