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. Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with the information they need to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities.
“Inclusion on the 2016 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 the college from the other 8,000 approved for GI Bill funding.”
“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.
NSCC is an open access institution where all are welcomed and all are served. The College has a great respect for military service men and women and continually expands opportunities for Veterans. The college averages 350 veteran students a year. The College has a Veterans Coordinator, support staff, dedicated academic advisors, on-site counselor/liaisons, and mentoring opportunities for student veterans. The college works with local VSO’s, career centers, and area universities to coordinate services and help veterans reach their goals. The college has a Veterans Center where students can relax between classes, meet with VA staff, work on homework, and socialize.
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 agencies 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-762-4178.