West Virginia Northern Community College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
WVNCC has received the designation for a number of years and competed this year for the elite Military Friendly® School 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. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.
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. 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 during the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
Natalie McFeley, counselor for veterans at West Virginia Northern, said the designation “validates the college’s significant efforts to assist military veterans in entering or returning to higher education. We understand the challenges they face and are pledged to their success.” McFeley can be contacted at WVNCC by calling 304-214-8849.
Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran, said. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
For more information about WVNCC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.wvncc.edu.
Northern will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly® Schools,” special education issues of “G.I. Jobs®” and “Military Spouse Magazine” and on MilitaryFriendly.com.