November 01, 2013
For the second year in a row Northampton Community College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The list honors the 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.
"Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® list shows Northampton'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." Complete survey methodology is available here.
The Military Friendly Schools® website features tools to help military students find school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. According to Collins, these schools have "world-class" programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through a survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year.
Northampton has welcomed veterans since the college opened in 1967. Today more than 230 veterans are taking classes at Northampton's campuses in Bethlehem and Tannersville and online. In addition to having a certifying official who can help veterans access the educational benefits they have earned and apply for state and federal financial aid, the College's support for veterans, includes a special orientation program to help them transition to the college environment. The "Band of Brothers," a student-veteran club that focuses on veteran-related issues on campus, is one of the most active student organizations at the College.
Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the College is conducting a full-year exploration of the experience of military veterans during and after their service from 1945-present. Programs are open to all veterans and to the public free of charge.
Detailed information about the College's outreach to veterans can be found at northampton.edu.
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