PVCC Receives 2014 Military Friendly Schools Designation
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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