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JCC Designated 2017 Military Friendly® School

Jefferson Community College (JCC) announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. Jefferson was first designated a military friendly school in 2011 and then again in 2013.   

Military Friendly® Schools, first published in 2009, is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Currently, 44% 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 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 at the Education Center Annex, a veteran’s services education coordinator and veterans school certifying official 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. Courses are offered in flexible 4-week, 6-week and 15-week formats. Six degrees and 1 certificate 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 Community College is very proud to be identified as a Military Friendly school by Victory Media and is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of military and students,” said Donald R. Johnson, Jefferson’s director of military programs on Fort Drum. “For the Fall 2016 Semester, over 900 active duty soldiers, family members, reservists, and veteran students have chosen to further their formal education by pursuing a certificate or associates degree program. The College faculty and staff are committed in helping our military students in their pursuit of their higher educational goals.”

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s

student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Jefferson will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and online at

To learn more about Jefferson Community College, please visit, contact Enrollment Services 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.

The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found online. 

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs ®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur ®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Friendly ® brands. Learn more about Victory Media here.