Nassau Community College has been included in G.I. Jobs Magazine's 2014 list of “Military Friendly Schools.”
The list "honors the top 20 percent of schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military students and ensure their success on campus," according to the G.I. Jobs Magazinewebsite.
The list is compiled “through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.”
“At NCC, we see it as an opportunity and an obligation to provide students with military backgrounds with the services that will advance their educational and career goals,” said Dr. Kenneth Saunders, NCC's acting president.
“They have put their lives on the line for our safety and our freedom, and NCC is proud of its special efforts to recognize that commitment and that service.”
The college's Center for Veterans acts as an information source, a guide and an advocate for veterans on campus, college officials said, and seeks to assist veterans in navigating the varied aspects of the college experience, including educational benefits, counseling and class scheduling.
The Center offers priority registration for students with military backgrounds and has hired them through the Veterans Work Study Project, according to NCC.
Dr. Evangeline Manjares, NCC’s dean for Academic and Student Services and Centers for Service Learning and Veterans Affairs, said the survey conducted by G.I. Jobs Magazine was "comprehensive in exploring all of the ways in which colleges can assist students with military backgrounds."
“The questions covered the many, many ways that colleges can interact with these students," Manjares said. "I was proud to be able to respond over and over again, ‘Yes, we do that, too.’”