JCJC earns Military Friendly School status 4 years in a row

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-09-12 14:09:38

ELLISVILLE – For the fourth year in a row, Jones County Junior College has earned the 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation from Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. JCJC has been voted a Top Military School for four consecutive years according to Victory Media’s partner, G.I. Jobs’ Paul Grant.

Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Jones County Junior College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” 
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

JCJC’s Veteran’s Coordinator, Crystel Hinton assists servicemen and their families like Army Sgt. First Class, Danny Hocker’s three children Phadre, Nathaniel and Ashley with receiving their father’s Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits. The Camp Shelby Sergeant said, “Ms. Hinton has helped us get everything together for all three of my children. She has been very helpful, making the transition very easy,” said Hocker.

At JCJC, the non-traditional student success center counselors and the registrar’s office offers assistance in career planning and adjusting to college life. The business office’s Amanda Gwin also works with service members utilizing their tuition assistance benefits. As Cory Parker of Stringer, who is one of the175 veterans and eligible dependents receiving benefits at JCJC explains, the two-year college has been very helpful preparing him for life after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“I came to JCJC because of the Military Friendly School designation and because it’s close to home,” said Parker. “JCJC is a great college with a great Veteran’s Affairs program, great faculty advisors like mine, Dr. Brad Harrison, and all of the faculty work with students so well I can see why so many students are successful and why JCJC has earned this designation.”

This is the fifth year the list of Military Friendly Schools ® list has been compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/boardTo learn more about The Military Friendly Schools® designation and its interactive tools and search functionality that help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences, click on the website:www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
ABOUT Victory Media Inc.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.


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