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

– Thursday, December 20, 2018 3:00PM

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) named Macomb Community College as a certified Veteran-Friendly School, awarding the college gold-level recognition for the fourth consecutive year. The Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes institutions of higher learning for their commitment to support student veterans and their dependents in utilizing their G.I. Bill and navigating other educational resources. It awards gold-, silver-, and bronze-level status to intuitions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

“Offering assistance to veterans, active-duty military and family members, all of whom have been willing to sacrifice for our freedoms, is very rewarding,” said Kara Fields, director, Veteran Services, Macomb Community College. “Through collaboration with the Veterans Administration (VA), the State of Michigan, Macomb County and numerous other organizations, we help our students get the help they need and deserve with dedicated, hands-on support.”

A strength of the Macomb program is its connections to and relationships with local, county, state and federal assistance programs. Macomb’s Office of Veteran and Military Services will reach out and find assistance for student veterans and active military personnel for resources that transcend their educational needs through a collaborative network of county, VA and veteran service organizations.

The gold, silver and bronze rankings awarded by MVAA are based on a set of seven criteria including:

  • Established process for identification of current student veterans
  • Active student-operated veterans association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veterans’ coordinator or designated 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
  • Veteran-specific website

MVAA is a Michigan state government agency within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. It 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.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 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.

Media Contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271, patricks28@macomb.edu