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April 17, 2024 5:55 am

Wayne Community College earns ‘military friendly’ honor for 11th time

GOLDSBORO — Wayne Community College has been named a 2024–2025 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 its efforts in creating sustainable and meaningful education paths for the military community. The College was also named a Military Spouse Friendly School in the same category.

“For the 11th year, Wayne Community College is honored to earn the designation of a Military Friendly School,” said Patty Pfeiffer, WCC president and United States Army veteran. “This designation represents our dedication to those who have served, currently serve, and their dependents. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice and are honored to help them achieve their academic goals.”

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 an NC 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.

According to Viqtory, “Military Friendly Schools strive towards and succeed in the areas that matter most in helping veterans make the transition from the military to school and, ultimately, satisfying careers in the civilian world.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2024–2025 survey with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard.

The 2024–2025 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issues of “G.I. Jobs” magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

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

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer), and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Military Friendly is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages institutions to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” said Kayla Lopez, Military Friendly national director of military partnerships.