PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was named a Military Friendly School for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This honor ranks Gulf Coast in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide based on a survey of college policies, recruiting and retention efforts.
Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.
"After gleaning information on Gulf Coast's efforts in recruiting military personnel and veterans as students, our survey has ranked it among the most military-friendly colleges in the nation," said Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.
He said the colleges that are named in the list are not ranked within the listing.
"This puts Gulf Coast in a unique position to help many, many people. I urge you to continue your already stellar efforts in recruiting these students, and I thank you for your commitment to educating our nation's most deserving heroes."
Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list's Academic Advisory Board, said the list proves beneficial to veterans who use it.
"The Military-Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It's especially important now with so many schools competing for military students."
The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as Keith Wilson, VA's director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education's assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for CLEP; and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America.
Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.
As a Military Friendly School, Gulf Coast will be listed in the 2011 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, which publishes in September 2010, and in an online listing at www.MilitaryFriendlySchools.com.