Military Times’ Best for Vets College
Military Times announced that Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) was named as one of its Best for Vets: Colleges 2017. MCCC ranked in the top 25 of all two-year colleges in the country and is the only community college in Pennsylvania to garner a spot on this list.
The ranking results are from Military Times’ comprehensive survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement at more than 500 participating colleges. The Military Times is an independent news and information source for service members and their families. Best for Vets evaluates many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.
MCCC is committed to providing the services needed by student veterans as they transition from military life to civilian and campus life. A designated Veterans Resource Center at the Central Campus in Blue Bell provides student veterans with a place where they can connect with other veterans and meet with Veterans Resource Coordinator Michael Brown for assistance with benefits and services. Similarly, MCCC has a Veterans Resource office at its West Campus in Pottstown with a part-time Veterans Resources Coordinator Denise Williams.
“When veterans transition from the military to college, there can be some challenges,” Brown says. “We want to make that transition smoother, by offering opportunities, benefits, education, and connection with other veterans here on campus.”
“It is an honor to be on this list, and as a college, our goal is to make sure we are meeting the needs of our veteran students from the day they get here, until the day they graduate,” he added.
In addition to services, the College has an active Student Veterans Organization that meets weekly. The group engages in advocacy, and education concerning veterans’ issues and volunteers in an array of community service opportunities.
To further support veterans, the College offers unique programs, such as free yoga and meditation sessions each semester for both student and community veterans. Last year, student veterans had the opportunity to attend a Veterans Mindfulness Retreat, led by Psychology faculty members Dr. Anne Marie Donohue and Dr. Deb Greenspan and Michael Brown, to help decrease stress and improve their overall emotional well-being. The retreat was funded by a grant provided by the Montgomery County Community College Foundation.
Brown also conducts the Veterans History Project at the College with Matt Porter, senior producer and technical services manager. Brown interviews veterans, both students and community members, to record their military experience. The recorded interviews are stored at MCCC’s library and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
In addition to this designation, MCCC previously has been named a “Military Friendly School” six times by Victory Media in recognition of the College’s ongoing support of student veterans.
Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings include Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers, Law Enforcement and Places to Live. For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, and survey methodology, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2017.