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Clinton, PSU Named "Top Schools" by Military Advanced Education


Monday, December 15, 2014


Military Advanced Education has awarded SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.


The guide was released in the December issue of MAE and is available online at www.mae-kmi.com.


This designation for both colleges comes on the heels of their having been named to Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” and GI Jobs “2015 Military Friendly Schools” rankings.


“I am overjoyed that three different and distinct military publications have now put both SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College on their lists for the top schools for the 2015 school year,” said Tracy Guynup, student veterans support coordinator at both Clinton Community and SUNY Plattsburgh. “Our faculty, staff and administrations have all put forth strong efforts to support military-affiliated students, and it is evinced in our multiple recognitions. Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh are indeed great colleges for getting the best out of your higher education if you are a veteran, serving on active-duty or a family member of a veteran.”


Clinton Community College Interim President Frederick Smith concurred.


“We thank Military Advanced Education for recognizing Clinton’s commitment to veterans, service men and women, and their families,” he said. “We are very proud that this is our third recognition this year, and we congratulate SUNY Plattsburgh on their award as well. At Clinton, our goal is to provide exemplary support services for all our students, but it is a special honor to give back to the men and women who have served our country and help meet their unique educational needs.”


SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling echoed his colleague’s sentiments.


“This recognizes the superb efforts of our Student Veterans Support Office and the faculty and staff who create a supportive and welcoming environment for our veteran students and their families on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus and at our branch campus in Queensbury. We offer our congratulations to Clinton Community College as well for its recognition in the same three publications.”


For his part, Guynup, who serves both colleges in the same capacity, said he advocates for all military-affiliated students, assesses their needs, acts as a liaison to all outside military and veteran organizations, coordinates continual efforts to make the campus and college more military friendly and supportive and provides military-benefits counseling, among other services.


“(These honors) say that we are doing something right with our military-affiliated students,” he said. “I am proud of the work that the colleges do to be recognized this way. I think that there are always more things that we could be doing to make the experience of college a better and supportive one. I will continue to strive to give more and more to our military-affiliated students, especially since they give so much of themselves to all of us with their service.”