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JCC Named “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs

Jefferson Community College has been designated a “Military Friendly School” by Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs. On August 16, G.I. Jobs announced the release of its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools which will be available in September. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility, and overall experience.”

In compiling the list, G.I. Jobs researched more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria, and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from eight colleges and universities, and Keith Wilson, VA’s director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP); and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

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 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.”

“We are in such close proximity to Fort Drum—less than 10 minutes—and serving the needs of the military community has always been a priority of Jefferson Community College,” said college president Carole A. McCoy. “I am proud of the many ways this institution helps our Soldiers, veterans, and family members pursue their educational goals when they have so admirably served our nation.”

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 contact the Admissions Office at 315-786-2277 or visit Jefferson’s office on Fort Drum in the McEwen Education Complex, 315-773-4535.

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.

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.”