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

– Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:00AM

College earned gold-level status for the second consecutive year

Macomb Community College was granted the highest-level ranking by the Veteran-Friendly School program through 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. Sixty-five institutions were recognized for the 2016-17 academic year. Macomb was among 44 colleges to receive top-level gold-status.

“Ensuring our community’s veterans have the tools and resources to successfully prepare and transition to the civilian workforce is a high priority for Macomb Community College,” said Kara Fields, Macomb’s director of veteran and military services. “The gold-level status recognizes Macomb’s priority on offering 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. Macomb was one of 37 institutions that met all seven criteria:

• Established process for identification of current student veterans
• Veteran-specific website
• Active student-operated veterans club or association
• Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring
• On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
• System to evaluate and award credit based on prior military training and experience
• Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, transfer and graduation rates

A complete listing of Michigan’s veteran-friendly schools and their rankings is available at
For more information about Macomb’s services for veterans, visit

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 or call 800.MICH.VET (800.642.4838).

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. 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.

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