Top 10: Northeast State wins 2017 Military Friendly award

Rick Wagner • Updated Dec 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

KINGSPORT  — If you are a military veteran attending Northeast State Community College, you are at a school ranked among the tops in the nation for serving veterans by the Military Friend Award.

NSCC for 2017 was named a Top Ten Award winner in the small community college category of the Military Friendly Schools list for 2018.

What is the list, and what does it mean?

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation, according to a news release from NSCC.

“We are so excited about this Top Ten Award. It validates our efforts to make Northeast State the best place for student veterans,” Pat Chandler, NSCC’s coordinator of Veterans Affairs, said in a news release. “Our priority is to give them the tools to ensure a successful transition from military to college and to graduation and beyond.”

What are the criteria for the award?

New for 2018, the awards provide a more competitive view of how an institution is performing. Top 10 Award winners have programs that scored the highest within a given category.

Colleges named as Top 10 Award winners represent the best of the best in providing services to student veterans according to the MFS methodology. NSCC exceeded all program standards for serving student veterans in academic admissions and orientation; culture and commitment; financial aid; graduation and career; and support and retention services.

NSCC served 274 military-affiliated students during the fall semester. The college is certified as a VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support) campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

What services for veterans are offered on NSCC campuses?

The NSCC Office of Veterans Affairs operates a veterans’ center on the Blountville, Johnson City, and Kingsport campuses, provides a dedicated student advisor, and hosts veterans-specific orientations. The office also sponsors professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. A student chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization was established in 2013.

The Office of Veterans Affairs, among other things, holds an annual Veterans Expo to introduce student veterans to career and education opportunities.

Who bestows the award?

The designation is awarded by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. Institutions competed for the Military Friendly title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus; graduation and employment outcomes; and military spouse policies.

“All of our Military Friendly Award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and head of development for the program. “They 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.”

Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families, published its special awards for 2018 Military Friendly Schools and Employers online at https://militaryfriendly.com. The designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

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