NSCC Receives Fourth National Military Friendly School® Designation

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North Shore Community College (NSCC) has received its fourth consecutive designation as a Military Friendly School by national organization Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The designation honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows North Shore Community College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Michael Nelson, Sr. Recruiting Specialist with Victory Media. “The college should take great pride in this achievement, as the Military Friendly Schools® designation is an elite award that separates it college from the other 8,000 approved for GI Bill funding.”

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, enables student veterans and prospective military students to review more than 4,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, as well as schools that have earned the elite Military Friendly® Schools designation. This year, the list of approximately 1,600 Military Friendly® Schools highlights those institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students.

“This coveted designation very publicly illustrates NSCC’s commitment to serving veterans and their families,” said NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile. “NSCC has a long tradition of providing education and training to veterans and current members of the armed forces who are seeking to learn new skills and translate experience in the military to civilian life. We are committed to providing the highest quality services, resources and programs to meet the unique needs of this vital and growing student population,” she said.

“In the last four years, thanks in large part to a major federal grant, we have been able to expand and enhance our offerings. We now have a dedicated Veteran’s Services Specialist, a new Veterans Center on our Danvers campus, offer credit for life experience testing, an award winning student Veteran’s

Club with over 50 members and an official chapter of the Veterans National Honor Society,” Gentile said.

NSCC’s Veterans Services assists student veterans with applying to the college and VA Education benefits via VONAPP, National Guard Certificates or Tuition assistance and acts as a liaison between veterans and financial services, advising and enrollment. Veterans Services also provides outreach services by hosting guests such as Home Base Program, Veterans Administration, Disabled Veterans of America, the VFW, local city/town Veterans Services Officers and other non-profit agency who assist Veterans through special programs.

The college’s Veterans Center is very popular with student veterans as a place to meet and interact with fellow veterans and get one-stop support services. The Center, located at Room 104 in the Danvers Math/Science Building, features: computer work stations; snacks, coffee, and drinks; comfortable furniture and meeting space and a refrigerator and microwave. Center programs include a: Laptop Loaner Program with 8 laptops student veterans can borrow based on need; Book Swap where veterans can swap old books for new ones; and weekly visits from Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL), which helps veterans succeed in college and informs them of the programs and resources made available by the VA as well as provides on-campus licensed social worker visits from the Bedford VA one day/week at each campus.

For more information on what NSCC can offer to members of the military or veteran’s, contact Kristine Babcock, Veteran’s Services Coordinator, at kbabcock@northshore.edu or 978-762-4178.

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