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MCC Named a 2015 Top College for Vets

Middlesex County College is one of the most veteran-friendly colleges in the United States, according to Military Times, which surveyed services, success rates and other factors in making the determination. MCC is listed as the fifth best community college in the nation and the best in New Jersey.

Military Times publishes magazines for members in the branches of military service. It called its survey “Best for Vets.”

“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” says Amanda Miller, editor of Bests for Vets. Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent.

“By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services,” she said.

MCC President Joann La Perla-Morales credited the Center for Veterans Services for the ranking. Established in 2011 with support from the Willard T.C. Johnson Foundation, the center’s mission is to assist with quality education and comprehensive support services.

“The center has done a great job in assisting military veterans as they transition to civilian life,” she said. “They make sure veterans receive all the entitlements for which they are eligible, coordinate services they need to be successful, and create an environment where they can socialize with other military veterans.”

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2015. In New Jersey, Warren County Community College was ranked 13th among community colleges; Rutgers was ranked 10th among four-year schools, Richard Stockton College was 22nd and Monmouth University was 95th.

The rankings are published in full in the issues of “Army Times,” “Navy Times,” “Air Force Times” and “Marine Corps Times” on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times “EDGE” magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

The Military Times digital platforms and newsweeklies are the trusted source for independent news and information for service members and their families. The military community relies on the publications for reporting on everything important to their lives, including: pay, benefits, finance, education, health care, recreational resources, retirement, promotions, product reviews, and entertainment. Military Times is published by Gannett Government Media. To learn more, visit www.militarytimes.com.