Asnuntuck Community College has announced that for the 14th year the college has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.
Regional President of the North-West Region, Connecticut Community College System at CSCU Dr. James Lombella stated, “This designation confirms that we are providing our student veterans with valuable services as they continue their education. We appreciate the sacrifices these students and their families have given to our country.” He added, “I am proud to support ACC’s Veteran Oasis Center on campus. This Center provides our veterans with a space to connect with their peers and find specialized services and programs to support their academic success.”
Dr. Michelle Coach, CEO of Asnuntuck Community College said, “We are honored that our active duty students and veterans choose Asnuntuck for their education. These individuals have served our nation, and we are committed to providing them a supportive and enriching educational environment.” She continued, “Our Veteran’s Oasis provides them with a location to work and spend time with fellow military members and veterans. We are proud to attain the 2021-2022 Military Friendly ® School designation for the 14th year.”
Asnuntuck has had nearly 300 active duty and/or veterans enrolled during the last three years. Asnuntuck offers a multitude of services to these students. Asnuntuck and other campuses in the North-West Region worked with Resilience Grows Here to each offer a “No Wrong Door” training at their campuses last year. This program, which involved military representatives, faculty, a military student panel, staff from colleges and military families, according to President Lombella, demonstrated the colleges’ commitment to supporting veteran students.
The college, in a partnership with Tunxis Community College, has done community outreach by sponsoring the Yard Goat’s Military Family of the Game for each of the baseball team’s home games.
Beth Egan, ACC’s Veterans Coordinator has direct contact with ACC’s active duty and veteran students. She said, “I’m pleased once again that we received Military Friendly status.” She added, “Our veteran students and active military are an important part of our Asnuntuck community. Anything we can do to ease the transition from boots to books we strive to do.”
Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment. We measure the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
“Military Friendly®is committed to transparency and providing consistent data driven standards in our designation process. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to consistently evolve and invest in their programs. Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources, and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®
For more information about Asnuntuck’s student veteran programs, visit Asnuntuck’s veterans service page at asnuntuck.edu/student-life/veterans-services/.
The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Learn more about Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.