Military Advanced Education & Transition has awarded Niagara County Community College the designation of a Top School in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, which measures best practices in military and veteran education. The guide was released in late December, and is available online at www.mae-kmi.com.
The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges.
This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school's performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.
"Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active servicemembers and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future," said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition's editor.
Not only is the 2016 guide printed in the December issue of Military Advanced Education &Transition, but also published in a searchable database online. Students will have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.
NCCC maintains a strong commitment to helping veteran-students make the challenging transition from military to academic life. Counselors provide assistance in navigating paperwork necessary to apply for GI Bill benefits, figuring out complicated financial aid packages and assistance with career placement.
For more information, contact NCCC Student Development/Veteran Services Office, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, call 716-614-6873 or visit the NCCC Veteran Services webpage: www.niagaracc.suny.edu/studentlife/development/veterans.php.