Military Friendly® School Award
For the second time this month, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) received recognition for its services, programs and ongoing support for veteran students.
Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs™, and Military Spouse, recently announced that MCCC has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media—the seventh time the College has earned this designation.
Earlier this month on Nov. 1, Military Times announced that 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.
“It is an honor to be recognized again as a Military Friendly® School,” said Michael Brown, the Veterans Resource Coordinator at Central Campus in Blue Bell, who is also a veteran. “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, and we especially want to ensure they have a smooth transition from military to college life.”
MCCC assist veteran students in a variety of ways. 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 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.
For Veterans Day, MCCC hosted a movie night, showing the film, “Thank You for Your Service,” Thursday evening, Nov. 10, followed by a breakfast for veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, 8-10 a.m. at both campuses.
Also, in collaboration with Congressman Patrick Meehan and State Reps. Kate Harper, Thomas Murt, Todd Stephens and Marcy Toepel, MCCC will be hosting a Veterans Expo on Monday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in College Hall at Central Campus.
Additionally, MCCC 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.
MCCC also 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.
Brown also conducts the Veterans History Project at MCCC 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
Victory Media provides the list of Military Friendly® Schools to service member and their families. Victory Media evaluated more than 1,600 schools using both public data sources and responses to its 2017 survey and awarded 1,160 schools with the designation. For more information about Military Friendly® Schools, including the list of schools, visit https://militaryfriendly.com/.
Military Times is an independent news and information source for service members and their families. Using a comprehensive survey of 500 participating colleges, Military Times evaluates many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.
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.