KCKCC named 2017 military friendly school

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly Schools List has once again recognized Kansas City Kansas Community College for its continued focus on veterans.

Awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country, the Military Friendly Schools designation is used to show which educational institutions are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. This is the sixth consecutive year that KCKCC has received the designation.

“This designation re-enforces that collectively as a college we continue to strive to serve our military-affiliated population and do it well,” said Summer Bond, coordinator and veterans certifying official at KCKCC.

Military Friendly provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. KCKCC is one of 39 schools in Kansas to receive the designation. Others include Ottawa University, Emporia State University, Johnson County Community College, the University of Saint Mary, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City and Park University, both in Missouri were also included on the 2017 list.

KCKCC currently enrolls 592 military-affiliated students. This number is expected to increase as more veterans complete their service and seek higher education opportunities.

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent and has played a significant role in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on the Military Friendly Schools website, www.militaryfriendly.com.

The survey captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about KCKCC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit the KCKCC website at www.kckcc.edu or call 913-334-1100.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.

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