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Clinton Receives Military Friendly Designation for Seventh Year


Friday, November 11, 2016


Military Friendly School

For the seventh consecutive year, Clinton Community College has earned the Military Friendly® School designation from Victory Media. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to schools throughout the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. 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.

"I am so proud of the work we do at Clinton Community College for veterans, service members and their families,” states CCC Assistant Registrar and Veterans Affairs officer, Tracy Guynup. “I am so happy to work with all of the military-affiliated students every day. I consider it my way of giving back to those who have sacrificed everything for all of us.”


This fall, 121 military-affiliated students are enrolled at Clinton, including veterans, service members, reservists, and dependents of veterans and service members. “Each year, the Veterans Affairs office continues to expand how we as a college support veterans. This seventh consecutive Military Friendly Schools designation says that we are nationally recognized for being a great college for veterans, service members and their families to attend," adds Guynup.


One of those students is Deborah Jolicoeur, an Air Force veteran who is in the Business Administration degree program, and serving as president of the College’s Veterans Club. “I would strongly encourage any veteran who's looking to return to school to consider Clinton Community College,” states Jolicoeur. “There are outstanding academics, as well as superlative support of those who've served.”


Jolicoeur began her degree at Clinton back in 1998 as a part-time student. Now, almost twenty years later, she is completing her degree. “Coming back to Clinton Community College and being able to participate in the Veterans Club has been an exceptional experience for me,” she says. “Having the Veterans Club enabled me to reconnect with like-minded people, and afforded me a comfort level on campus that I hadn't expected upon my return, but have been deeply grateful for. As a group, we relish the camaraderie with our fellow veterans, and also celebrate the support of the school and local community for all our veterans. It is our place to go where we know someone will always have our backs.”


November 11, the Veterans Club will hold their annual Veterans Day Observance. This year the event will honor women veterans, with guest speaker Michelle Moore. Moore is a veteran and current CCC student, who cites the supportive staff and engaging professors, as well as a home in the Veterans Club – all qualities which continue to make Clinton a Military Friendly® School - as critical to her success here at Clinton. “Mr. Guynup made my transition from being out of school for over 30 years to being back in a classroom feel right at home.” To veterans who are considering coming to Clinton, Moore adds, “from the minute you walk through the doors, everyone is so helpful. People treat you with respect and understanding, providing help every step of the way.”


 


About Military Friendly Schools:

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 at: https://militaryfriendly.com.


About Victory Media:

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 at www.victorymedia.com.