Lorain County Community College was recently named a Military Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs" magazine for 2011. LCCC was recognized for its support to military personnel, veterans and their dependents.
The list, according to G.I. Jobs, honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and institutes that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
"Lorain County Community College is honored to be recognized for its work with Veterans," said Stephanie Sutton, LCCC Dean of Enrollment and Financial Services. "We have been committed to assisting our veterans in reaching their educational goals and will continue to do all we can to make their transitions to being a student as smooth as possible."
Since opening its doors in 1963 LCCC has served about 5,000 veterans, most of who have served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide in compiling the list. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as representatives from Veteran’s Administration, the American Council on Education, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP); and the Student Veterans of America.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.
"LCCC has made it easy for me to take advantage of the free tuition I receive through the National Guard," said David Pangeris, 28.
A sergeant in the Army National Guard, Pangeris completed a tour of Iraq earlier this year. When he returned home to Lorain County, he chose to continue his education at LCCC.
"It’s close to home and easy to fit in my schedule," explained Pangeris, who grew up in LaGrange and now lives in Elyria. He is in his 10th year of service with the National Guard.
LCCC provides these services for veterans: a one-stop service that includes enrollment and financial aid services and a Veteran’s Certifying Official within the same area; tuition forgiveness when military personnel are called to active duty; text book buy back services before they leave for deployment; counseling services; and designated sections of student development classes for veterans only. LCCC is also in the beginning stages of starting a veteran’s club with Bruce Weigl, LCCC distinguished faculty member and a Vietnam veteran, as its adviser.
For more information on services for Veterans at LCCC, visit www.lorainccc.edu/veterans.