MCC wins Best For Vets awards from 3 organizations

Veterans Services

Middlesex County College is one of the most veteran-friendly colleges in the nation! Our award-winning Veterans Services Center assists military veterans as they transition to civilian life. We make sure veterans receive all the education benefits and 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.

The Veterans Study Lounge has both study and general seating areas to serve as a comfortable, multi-functional environment for military-affiliated students to study, relax, and spend time with one another. The Lounge is located in the College Center Room 104 and open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

 

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Getting Started at MCC


You will need to apply online to Middlesex County College and register for your classes before the school can certify your enrollment to VA.


Apply online for education benefits through VONAPP. Benefit programs change frequently, so it’s important to go directly to the VA website for questions about these programs.


Apply for Financial Aid by submitting your FAFSA. Visit the Financial Aid website to learn more.

Incoming students are evaluated in reading, writing and math skills. The results will be used to place you in the courses appropriate to your level of preparation. Learn more about our Placement Testing.


During MCC Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes and learn from other students and professionals about life at MCC.


Once you are registered for classes, stop by the Center for Veterans Services to see one of our Veterans Certifying Officials.


What Makes Us a Military-Friendly School?



Our awards and recognitions are emblematic of our continued support to our military-affiliated students. We have been recognized for our outstanding commitment to fulfilling the educational needs of our returning service members and their families, and also for our comprehensive services not directly related to education. Please click on each of these logos to learn more about these distinctions.

Our Mission: To provide military veterans, current service members and their dependents with access to an affordable, quality education and comprehensive support services.


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Our Staff




Frank served 8 years in the United States Air Force as an Electrical & Environmental Systems Craftsman earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. Frank achieved the status of Flying Crew Chief where he was afforded the opportunity to travel the world apart of a flight crew actively participating in the Global War on Terror. As a Staff Sergeant he became the Electrical & Environment Systems Shop lead technician managing a shop of 28 Airmen. Included in his awards is the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and Meritorious Unit Award.

Upon his exit from the Air Force, Frank attended New Jersey City University where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy & Religion. While attending Frank was selected to the NCAA Men’s Golf-All Academic Team, and was awarded the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar-Athlete Award, Andrew Geyer Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award, and the NJCU Presidential Academic Achievement Award. Frank continued his education at New Jersey City University receiving a M.S. in National Security Studies. While pursuing his Masters, Frank worked for the Professional Security Studies Department as a Graduate Assistant. Frank states “… I hope to assist my fellow brothers and sisters in arms with the difficulties associated with the transition back to civilian life.”




Michael served 4 and half years in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout; which consisted of two combat deployments to Iraq, one 15 months long and the other being 12 months, earning the rank of Specialist. As a Cavalry Scout, Michael served in a reconnaissance and Quick Reaction Force team applying intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance methodologies. Included in his awards is the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, two Overseas Ribbons, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge/Tracked and Wheeled Vehicles, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Service Ribbon.

After exiting the Army in 2011, Michael attended Middlesex County College (MCC) earning an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice-Police Science and served within the Middlesex County College Veterans and Service members Association. After graduating MCC, Michael attended New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) National Security Studies program on MCC earning a B.S. degree in National Security Studies in 2014 and proceeded to earn his M.S. degree in National Security Studies National Security Studies from NJCU in 2016. Currently, Michael is attending NJCU’s doctoral program focusing on Civil Security Leadership, Management, and Policy. Professionally, Michael worked as a National Security Researcher/Legal Assistant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, focused on bring women into police and military services in conflict zones as a Security Focal Point- Access Strategy in Fragile States with UN Women, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in NJCU’s Professional Security Studies program at Middlesex County College. Michael states “As a fellow veteran and MCC alumni, I understand what you are currently going through and I look forward to assisting you”.


Crystal Greenhow


Crystal was awarded a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Secondary Education in 2008 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her education career began with Newport News Public Schools in Newport News, VA teaching Mathematics. For 8 years, Crystal delivered instruction to more than 800 adolescent students and acquired skills to promptly identify at-risk students and intervene. Collaborating with students, parents, teachers, special educators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and administrators, Crystal has helped countless students hurdle difficult social and academic barriers.

In January of 2017, Crystal’s family relocated to Edison, New Jersey to be near family and in pursuit of career advancement. Soon after moving, Crystal began tutoring student veterans of Middlesex County College and later became the Veterans Student Success Coach. Her experience using educational pedagogies and research-based strategies has helped several student veterans achieve higher academic performance. Crystal takes full interest in their personal and academic hardships and is the student veteran’s compass, directing them to the best services provided on campus, through the VA, and the community. Crystal is a daughter and wife of a veteran, and takes great honor in serving the veterans at Middlesex County College.


VetSuccess On Campus Program

Our participation in VA’s VetSuccess on Campus Program began with a partnership between Rutgers, Middlesex County College, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the purpose of providing a supportive, on-campus resource to help you make a smooth transition to college life. Valerie Williams, MA, CVE, LRC, is a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who works directly with us at MCC. She provides vocational testing and career, academic, and readjustment counseling services along with peer-to-peer counseling and referral services. We are the only 2-year institution in the state with a VSOC counselor.



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Valerie Williams can help you:

  • Manage your education benefits
  • Explore vocations and select a suitable major / career
  • Elect your healthcare benefits with Veterans Healthcare Administration
  • Access, understand and apply for VA benefits (e.g., Disability Compensation, Life Insurance, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, and Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Get referrals for medical and mental health care
  • Get referrals for readjustment counseling services for eligible Veterans and their families
  • Coordinate with school faculty/staff to provide Veteran-specific services (e.g., VA Certifying Official, Career Center, Student Disabilities Services, Counseling Center)
  • Find job placement assistance and coordinate with Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Programs (DVOP)
  • Locate community and other resources

Veterans Study Lounge



Veterans Study Lounge

The Lounge has both study and general seating areas to serve as a comfortable, multifunctional environment for military-affiliated students to study, relax, and spend time with one another. The Veterans Study Lounge is located in the College Center Room 104.

Phone: 732-548-6000, ext. 3579
Location: College Center, Room 104

Hours:
Monday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm


MCC Veterans and Service members Association



Veterans and Service members Association


Seventeen members of the Middlesex County College Veterans and Service members Association and their friends and family joined over 100 other Operation Shoebox volunteers as they packed boxes of food and personal hygiene items for troops overseas. The event was held at the Walter Kavanaugh Veterans of Foreign Wars building on Saturday, Feb. 10. It was the 13th anniversary of the first Operation Shoebox program; since its first packing event in 2005, tens of thousands of volunteers have helped assemble and ship 136,000 care packages overseas.