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Macomb Community College recognized as a veteran-friendly school by Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

– Monday, August 24, 2015 12:00AM

College earned gold-level status, the highest ranking available

Macomb Community College was among the colleges and universities granted highest-level ranking by the new Veteran-Friendly School program established this year by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).

The Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their G.I. Bill and other educational benefits. It awards gold-, silver- and bronze-level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.  Fifty-seven institutions were recognized for the 2015-16 academic year. Macomb was among 28 to receive top-level gold-status.

"Macomb Community College has long been committed to supporting our community’s veterans," said Kara L. Fields, Macomb's director of veteran and military services. "This designation recognizes the college as among the Michigan institutions that offer the most comprehensive support for veteran students."

The gold, silver and bronze rankings are awarded by the MVAA based on a set of seven criteria. Schools that match at least six are given gold status. Meeting four criteria earns silver status, while bronze status is granted to schools that meet at least three criteria. The ranking criteria are:

  • An on-campus veteran's coordinator and/or staffed veterans' center.
  • An active student-operated veteran club/association.
  • Having an established process for the identification of current student veterans.
  • Evaluating and awarding of credit for military training and experience.
  • Having a veteran-specific website/portal.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, completion and graduation rates.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran job placement rates.

A complete listing of Michigan’s veteran-friendly schools and their rankings is available at MichiganVeterans.com/vetfriendlyschools.

Macomb, which was also named by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of its Military Friendly Schools for 2015, provides assistance and support to veterans, reservists and their dependents, including: 

  • A direct point of contact to help navigate VA, college and community systems.
  • Help for veterans who need help understanding processes or who need assistance to reach their goals.
  • Accommodating policies and assistance when military orders impact their semester.
  • Connections to community resources.
  • Connections to college resources like tutoring opportunities; counseling and advising appointments, career building and resume writing, stress and time management counseling and financial aid counseling.
  • Assistance with figuring out and maximizing GI Bill and tuition assistance benefits.
  • Scholarships specifically for veterans, service members and their family members.
  • A student veterans’ organization that acts as a support group for veterans and their families.

For more information about Macomb's services for veterans, visit http://www.macomb.edu/veterans.

About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
MVAA serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation's leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. The college's comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, meltonj@macomb.edu, 586.445.7271