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JCC Named ‘Military Friendly School’ by G.I. Jobs

Jefferson Community College has been designated again as a “Military Friendly School” by Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs (  On September 18, G.I. Jobs announced the release of its 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools which is available at The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Jefferson was first designated a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs in 2010.

"Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Jefferson Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Complete survey methodology is available at 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 (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. 

Currently, nearly 35% of Jefferson’s enrollment is comprised of active duty Soldiers, spouses, children, veterans, retirees and reservists.  The College has been a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Army Degree (SOCAD) program since 1985 and is a Veteran’s Administration-approved college.  Specific services to Soldiers and veterans include full-time Jefferson staff on Fort Drum, a veteran’s financial aid counselor on campus and a dedicated study area for veterans.  Jefferson is committed to providing flexible academic programs and workforce training opportunities through coursework offered on campus, online and on Fort Drum in the McEwen Education Center Complex.  Courses are offered in flexible 4-week, 6-week and 15-week formats. Six degrees can be earned entirely online and several degrees can be earned by taking classes evenings only. Jefferson accepts credit from numerous standardized examinations such as CLEP and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) as well as awards credit for military experience and training.

“Jefferson typically awards the maximum amount of credit as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for military training and experience, which is of great importance to veterans and active duty Soldiers,” said Donald R. Johnson, Jefferson’s director of military programs on Fort Drum. “Institutionally, we understand and value the experiences gained outside the classroom and see how they can be applied to a program of study. Jefferson is committed to meeting the military student’s educational needs and goals.” 

In 2007, Jefferson received the Ray Ehrensberger Award for Institutional Excellence in Military Education from the Commission on Military Education and Training, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

To learn more about Jefferson Community College, please visit, contact the Admissions Office at 315-786-2277 or visit Jefferson’s office on Fort Drum in the Education Annex, 315-786-6566.

One of 30 community colleges supervised by the State University of New York, Jefferson Community College is the community’s leading resource for leading better lives, offering 30+ associate degrees for career preparation or for transfer to a 4-year college; certificate programs; online learning; lifelong learning through personal enrichment workshops; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region.   Learn more at

G.I. Jobs ( is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which 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.”