ACTC Is Named Military Friendly School

Ashland Community and Technical College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

The Military Friendly Schools designation and list by Victory Media provides service members with transparent, data-driven ratings about their post-military education and career opportunities.

We are proud to be included in the list of military friendly schools, said Craig Pleasant, ACTC Coordinator of Veterans Affairs. Our mix of technical and transfer programs gives military and veteran students many viable options for transitioning into the workforce. We strive to provide advising and support services to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom after graduation.

The designation process includes extensive research and a data driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. Institutions compete for the elite title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.

Survey responses are scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by Ernst amp; Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

ACTC will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

The Veterans Office at ACTC coordinates Federal and state education benefit programs for veterans and eligible dependents. We can assist veterans and dependents with their application for benefits, and we can certify their enrollment to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office, Pleasant said.

ACTC had 63 veterans and reservists and 24 dependents enrolled as students in classes this fall. A Veterans Center was established at the College Drive Campus, and one is being planned for the Technology Drive Campus to offer a place for veterans to spend their time between classes.

For information on veterans services at ACTC, contact Pleasant at 606.326.2275 or email craig.pleasant@kctcs.edu. Information is also available on ACTC website at ashland.kctcs.edu under Costs amp; Financial Aid.