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May 27, 2024 7:46 am

WCC named military friendly for 10th time

GOLDSBORO — Wayne Community College has been named a 2023-2024 Military Friendly School with gold award status.

The Military Friendly Schools list honors the colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. WCC earned gold award status in the small community college category for leading practices, outcomes and effective programs.

“It is a great honor to have Wayne Community College designated as a Military Friendly School for the 10th time,” said Dr. Patty Pfeiffer, WCC president and a U.S. Army veteran. “WCC strives to support those in the armed forces, their dependents and veterans. It is very rewarding to be able to serve the men, women and families who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

In addition to the services provided by its Financial Aid and Veteran Services Office, WCC staffs an office and teaches classes on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, has a Military Resource Center on the campus in Goldsboro, houses a N.C. Military Business Center representative and administers scholarships specifically for spouses and dependents.

Every semester, the Small Business Center at the college holds Boots to Business entrepreneurial education and training programs to assist active-duty military, dependents and veterans with starting small businesses.

The Military Friendly Schools list is intended to provide a comprehensive guide to help veterans, their spouses and the military community select the best school for the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career, according to the list’s creator, military marketing company Viqtory.

More than 1,800 schools from around the country participated in the 2023-2024 survey and 530 earned special awards for going above the standard designation. WCC is one of 250 of those colleges honored with the gold designation.

The full list can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com and will be published in the May issue of “G.I. Jobs” magazine. Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey responses and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based assessment. Their ability to meet thresholds for retention, graduation, job placement, repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and specifically, for student veterans.

— From Wayne Community College Website