Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PC Recognized as a Military Friendly School

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 13) – Phoenix College has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a magazine aimed at military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on this list,” said Felicitas Kinard, who runs PC’s Veterans Services office. “We take pride in giving our veterans quality customer service and going beyond just offering benefits. We want them to be aware of all the resources available to them.”

The magazine listing was based on survey responses from 8,000 schools nationwide, including interviews with veterans attending those institutions. Kinard says that PC has about 300 students who are getting benefits from the G.I. Bill. Many other veterans who are not currently receiving G.I. Bill benefits are enrolled in PC classes.

“Many come here for the programs, but once they get here they like the atmosphere, the central location and the support they get,” said Kinard.

The schools were chosen based on: scholarships and discounts offered to veterans, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. It was the first time G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans in its research.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

The newly redesigned website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.


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