Clinton Community College has once again landed a spot on the annual G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School List.
G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Clinton Community College the designation of Military Friendly School for 2012. The Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
Clinton has secured a spot on this list for the past two years. Assistant Registrar and Veterans Affairs officer, Tracy Guynup said it is an honor to be given this designation for the second year in a row.
“This shows the community that our college is veteran friendly,” Guynup said. “It helps to get the word out to veterans and veteran dependents who are thinking of attending Clinton. We have a lot to offer our veteran population.”
Robin Pageaut of Plattsburgh is the wife of a Vietnam veteran. She decided to attend Clinton after she found out she was eligible for veterans benefits under her husband. Pageaut said it wasn’t until she started classes at Clinton last year, that she realized how much the college has to offer veterans.
“As the wife of a veteran, I feel honored and special to be attending Clinton,” Pageaut said. “I think all veterans should feel that way considering there are not a lot of schools that win this award.”
Clinton Community College President John Jablonksi said, “We are just delighted to once again be named to this list. It shows the good work we are doing here at Clinton to attract and retain members of our veteran community.”
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list.
Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America agrees.
“The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” Dakduk said “Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”
Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.
The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.