CCBC NAMED AMONGST NATION’S TOP MILITARY FRIENDLY® SCHOOLS

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Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has been honored as a top choice for military members, earning a spot on the 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools list. The list aims to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for military, veterans and their spouses.

“At CCBC, we welcome and support military and veteran students by fostering a learning environment where they can build upon their life experiences and seek opportunities to create a future in highdemand fields,” said Jan Kaminski, CCBC vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment. “We are thrilled and grateful to be recognized by the prestigious Military Friendly Schools list and to demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of this student community.”

CCBC currently enrolls approximately 300 active military or veteran students in growing workforce training programs like Healthcare, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Process Technology and Aviation. The 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list specifically recognizes CCBC for exceeding national Military Friendly standards in number of areas including academic policies and compliance; admissions and orientation practices; culture and commitment to military families; and military support andretention.

As part of its commitment to military students, CCBC has developed partnerships with local industries, businesses and institutions to develop programs that best serve future career opportunities and build upon military training and experiences. CCBC provides a robust military and veteran support program, including scholarship funds, a veteran-specific orientation program, flexible courses and schedules, dedicated staff and faculty, no-cost tutoring and social and professional organizations and clubs such as a Student Veterans of America chapter.

“When I initially wanted to start school, I was nervous. It had been six years since I had attended any kind of formal classes. I felt out of place due to my age contrast with my fellow students. Not long after I started my first semester here, I quickly realized that I was not alone – that there were many other students like me of varying age and status from military branches,” said Donald (DJ) Lusby, a U.S. Army veteran and active duty member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 112th Infantry Regiment enrolled in the CCBC Police Technology major. “My fellow veteran students and the staff at CCBC helped to make me more comfortable and to create an open environment where I was no longer nervous to learn and ask questions. Without the welcome atmosphere that this school provides, I feel that I would not be as successful in my classes and as close as I am now to my goal of obtaining a Police Technology degree.”

Annually, the list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations. It is created by VIQTORY, a service that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.

CCBC will be included in the complete 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list scheduled to be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.