GGC receives military-friendly designations

Georgia Gwinnett College has been named a military-friendly institution by two different service member organizations. 
 
GGC was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. 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, according to Victory Media. 
 
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows GGC’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.”  
 
GGC was also selected as a top military-friendly school by “Military Advanced Education,” the journal of higher learning for today’s service member, and KMI Media Group, a publisher of defense-related publications and websites.
 
Earlier this year, GGC established the Office of Veterans Success, which certifies enrollment with the VA for all students using GI Bill education benefits, provides scholarship and job opportunity information, and refers students to additional services either with the VA or here on campus, such as tutoring. About 230 veterans attend GGC.
 
“We advocate for our military students when a need or concern arises with student account issues, financial aid or other issues,” said Deborah Reato, director of Veterans Success. “Other services include providing tuition and fee waivers under certain criteria.”
 
A newly established student organization called Coalition of Veteran Engagement, Readiness and Trust (C.O.V.E.R.T.) is led by veterans who seek to increase awareness of military students and help them transition from military to college life.  This club also participates in campus and community military-related events and service projects.
 
“We also train faculty and staff on the GI Bill, and how to interact with this special population of students in a manner that is both appreciative of their service and sensitive to any possible issues not found in other student populations,” Reato said.
 
Now in its fifth year, the list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The full list and methodology can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
 
The annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. 
 
GGC also will appear in the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities in the December issue of “Military Advanced Education.” 
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