Released March 13, 2017

Gold Military Friendly School 2017Quinebaug Valley Community College has been designated a 2017 GOLD Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that benchmarks and rates colleges and companies to help veterans and military families make well-informed decisions about employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

This is the 8th consecutive year the college has received recognition as an institution that is “Better for Veterans” – those with programs and policies that lead to positive outcomes. Last year QVCC ranked in the Top Ten category for Military Friendly Community Colleges.

According to Pam Brown, veterans certifying officer at QVCC, the Military Friendly designation includes special awards for those colleges and training facilities that set the standard for excellence. “These are schools that offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers,” she said.

“QVCC takes pride in offering veterans and service persons a strong support system,” Brown explained. “In addition to assisting with military educational benefits packages, veterans have advising, registration and certification services in a one stop fashion.”

Brown notes that the college’s student support organization for veterans as well as the dedicated Veterans Oasis on the Danielson campus continue to improve educational access, retention, and degree attainment for veterans and servicepersons. Visitors to the campus will notice the veterans’ garden with individual engraved brick pavers near the main entrance. “It’s a way to honor our student and community veterans and make them a permanent part of the QVCC landscape,” she added.

Award categories in the program include Military Friendly School, Bronze Medal, Silver Medal, Gold Medal, and Top Ten Gold.