CCAC receives prestigious award for being “military friendly” school—among the top 10 percent of colleges doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has been recognized for the support the college offers to veterans and individuals serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. For the third year in a row, CCAC has been designated as a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a global media leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. This designation signifies that CCAC is among the top 10 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country doing the most to embrace military students by dedicating resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

“CCAC is proud to be recognized as a top military friendly school and is even prouder to serve our military and veteran student populations,” said Dwight Boddorf, director of Military and Veterans Services at CCAC. “Recognizing that student veterans often face unique challenges and barriers when transitioning from military to civilian life, CCAC’s Military and Veteran Services Department developed a comprehensive program in order to help students overcome those barriers. Thanks to the commitment from CCAC’s leadership including our esteemed faculty as well as the incredible work of my staff, CCAC is able to provide these services to our military and veteran students and help them to be successful.”

“Postsecondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,”
said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills, and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. Also, data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.

The Community College of Allegheny County will be showcased in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse magazine and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

For more information about the Community College of Allegheny County’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit the CCAC website at https://www.ccac.edu/Veterans/.

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