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PVCC Receives 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation

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Piedmont Virginia Community College Press Release

Charlottesville, Va. – Victory Media has named Piedmont Virginia Community College to the Military Friendly Schools®list for 2014. The list honors the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

During PVCC's 2012-13 academic year, 648 students classified as veterans, active-duty military, reservists or dependents took credit classes. In the PVCC graduating class of 2013, 83 degrees and certificates were awarded to 62 veterans, active-duty military, reservists or dependent students.

Ramping up its services, the College hired a dedicated military and veterans affairs advisor and began offering special veterans information sessions for prospective students.

"With this student population at PVCC nearly doubling in the last five years," said President Frank Friedman, "we've increased our services to help them navigate veterans' education benefits, acclimate to college life and be successful in meeting their education and career goals."

PVCC is one of 250 colleges and universities across the U.S. partnering with the Department of Education and Veteran Affairs to implement their 8 Keys to Success program to support veterans on campus in their effort to afford and complete college degrees and certificates in preparation for high-skilled jobs. PVCC is also a designated Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC), meeting the needs of military personnel and veterans.

A redesigned veterans Web page guides students through available veterans' educational benefits, applying to the College and registering for classes. Academic advising continues systematically after students enroll. Planning is under way for an education pathway that enables veterans enrolled in a PVCC associate degree program to complete coursework simultaneously toward a bachelor's degree at Old Dominion University. ODU has offices on PVCC's campus.

Additional efforts to create a more veteran-friendly College included opening a Veterans Center on campus, observing Veterans Day with a special ceremony and breakfast and engaging PVCC's members of the Student Veterans of America Club.

Victory Media is an entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veterans Affairs tuition funding. 

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