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 servicemembers 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.
Rich served in the Air Force for five years during the Vietnam conflict. During this time he held positions as a Personnel Officer, Recruiting Officer and Casualty Services Officer. Included in his awards is the Air Force Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster). After active duty, Rich served a short time in the New Jersey Air National Guard.
Upon leaving active duty Rich began a career in corporate human resources during which he held increasingly responsible positions at various Fortune-listed corporations including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Lockheed and AlliedSignal. His last corporate position was as the Global Vice President of Human Resources for York International’s largest business unit.
Pursuing a long-time goal of being involved in the higher education field, Rich left corporate HR to assume the role of Assistant Dean of Career Management for the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. While there, the school achieved the goal of being ranked in the top 25 schools of business in the nation. Rich was a member of various national organizations including the MBA Career Services Council (MBACSC) in which he was elected to the Board of Directors.
Rich moved backed to his home state of New Jersey for personal reasons and for nine years was an Organization Effectiveness Consultant for a number of small to medium sized companies and academic institutions.
Most recently Rich managed the Veterans In Pursuit of Educational Readiness (VIPER) program at Warren County Community College in Washington, NJ. This innovative nationally-acclaimed program assists military veterans in transitioning back into the civilian workforce expeditiously.
Rich earned his masters degree in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University while serving overseas on active duty. He received his undergraduate degree in Marketing Management from Southern Illinois University. Additionally, he graduated from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in “Strategic Human Resources Leadership.”
Rich states that “…with all that I have accomplished in my career, nothing has been as rewarding as helping our veterans successfully assimilate back into the civilian workforce.”
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.
Valerie Williams can help you:
Darryl served in the U.S. Air Force in 2006 as an Aircraft Engineer. He spent his career travelling to different places, repairing the C-130 Hercules aircraft. Darryl had a memorable experience in Alaska when he was required to perform emergency repairs on an aircraft there.
The biggest challenge I faced when getting to Middlesex was learning to be a student all over again. Help and support from the people in The Center for Veterans Services has helped me tremendously to adjust.
My advice for new students would be to join a group or network. Having proper support will enhance your experience and increase your chances of success!
Middlesex County College accepts many military-sponsored education benefits. This section provides information and resources to help you apply for and manage your education benefits. We also offer scholarships, financial aid, payment plans, and other forms of aid to offset the cost of school. For more information about education benefits not related to military service, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 732.906.2520.
Accessing, understanding, and applying for education benefits can be confusing. We’ve put together a Benefits Toolbox to help you. You can also call VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and speak to a entitlements counselor, or visit the GI Bill website.
Please note: You may be eligible for VA education entitlements under more than one program. If you elect to receive entitlements under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), you may have to revoke your eligibility for any other GI Bill programs. Under certain circumstances, eligibility for other GI Bill programs may be restored by going through VA’s appeal process.
Tuition waivers are accepted* for members of the New Jersey National Guard (Army or Air) who are attending Middlesex County College and are in good standing with their unit.
To use a NJ National Guard Tuition Waiver, you must:
Click here to learn more about the NJNG Tuition Program.
Click here to download the Middlesex County College Financial Aid Verification Form.
*You are required to use available financial aid before the National Guard Tuition Waiver will be applied to your account. Understand that if you are eligible to use the National Guard Tuition Waiver you will not pay for your tuition out of pocket (up to 15 credits). Your tuition will be covered by financial aid, the waiver, or a combination of both. You are still required to cover the cost of any applicable fees due to the College.
Looking for a civilian job that mirrors your military experience? Interested in learning more about a new field? Use the resources below to start your career search.
My Next Move allows you to search careers by keyword or your military classification code. You can browse careers by industry.
O*NET’s Interest Profiler helps you identify careers of interest to you.
O*NET's Military Crosswalk Search allows you to find civilian occupations that are equivalent to your military occupation.
Make sure your prospective employers understand your skills and experience with these resources:
Real Warriors helps you translate your military skills on a resume.
Jobs Thesaurus finds job descriptions to describe a job you held while in the military.
FEDS FOR VETS is a VA initiative.
Employers want to hire veterans! Here are some resources to help you find veteran-friendly employers.
USAJOBS is the federal government’s official job site.
Veterans' Preference doesn't guarantee you a job, but it can help eligible veterans move ahead of the their competition when they apply for federal employment.
Get a Federal Job. Learn how federal jobs are filled.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has an Office of Veterans Development that provides great resources for veterans that want to start a business.
Operation Boots to Business. Learn how to start and grow a business using the SBA Resource Partner network.
SBA Resources for Veterans. From creating a business plan to finding your first customer, the SBA can help you succeed.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship for little to no cost.