The services in place for veterans, family members, and current military service members at Clatsop Community College have earned the College recognition as a “Military Friendly School for 2011” by G.I. Jobs magazine.
CCC Counselor and Veterans Benefit Coordinator Jim Holen accepted the plaque on behalf of the College (Vietnam Veteran Randolph “RW” Brown displays the plaque in front of Patriot Hall in the attached image). This honor places the College in the top 15% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that strive to surpass the needs of America’s veteran students. Criteria for making this list includes orientations and connection to campus services such as advisement, career and personal counseling, disability services, enrollment in VA educational benefit programs, and enhancing contacts with other veteran services providers in the community.
Through the Veterans Administration G.I. Bill, eligible current and prior active duty, National Guard and Reserve, and spouses and dependents of deceased or 100% Service Connected Disabled Veterans receive assistance to use education benefits to complete college programs. With over a hundred veterans and family members enrolled each term, 30-40 use benefits earned through service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines.
“Each year, CCC educates hundreds of military related students varying in age from their teens to those in their 80’s,” says Holen. “This designation offers an excellent chance for the College to highlight the opportunities available for current and prior military services members attending Clatsop Community College.”
A further detailed story about the honor, including a full list of recognized schools, will be printed in the annual G.I. Jobs magazine’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools in late September. Additionally, information about the G.I. Jobs magazine designation can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com (the site will reflect the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools in late September as well).
For further information about the opportunities that exist for veterans at Clatsop Community College visit www.clatsopcc.edu
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
Pictured from left are CCC’s Recruitment Coordinator Amy Magnussen, Student Services Administrative Assistant Lois Tivey, and Counselor and Veterans Benefit Coordinator Jim Holen. Students utilizing their VA education benefit are Oregon Transfer degree students Luke Brawley, and Army Veteran Jacob Gauthier. Olivia Smith is preparing for transfer to a Radiology program. Randolph “RW” Brown is an Army Vietnam Veteran completing a degree in Historic Preservation.