PCC ranked as “Military Friendly School”

PCC (Pima Community College) services for veterans, members of the military and their spouses again have been ranked in the top 15 percent in higher education, making PCC a Military Friendly School for 2013.

PCC is one of 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools to earn the Military Friendly School designation from GIJobs.com, which examined more than 12,000 institutions nationwide for the programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff resources they provide to improve the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

PCC has been a Military Friendly School every year since the designation was created in 2009.

“We respect and value the sacrifices our veterans have made, and the resources we provide are a way of thanking them for their service,” PCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Suzanne L. Miles said. “The presence of veterans on our campuses enriches the College.”

Steve Choice, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, is among the more than 1,500 veterans currently enrolled at PCC. He said the College supports veterans like him in numerous ways.

“In the four semesters I’ve been at Pima, I’ve received outstanding assistance from the College’s veterans services staff,” said Steve, who served in Baghdad in 2007-08 and 2011. “This means I can count on having my tuition paid and receiving my payments in a timely manner, which takes a big load off my plate. A big thumbs up to Pima for all its support.”

In November 2011, PCC dedicated a new Veterans Center at its Downtown Campus, which is home to one of several thriving student veterans clubs.

In addition, MyPima, the College’s Web portal for students, has a veterans section offering one-stop shopping for local resources, as well as up-to-the-minute information on benefit processing and the status of Veterans Administration paperwork, a top concern of many vets.

PCC has a counselor devoted to veterans’ issues, and 50 staffers across the College trained in VA issues.

Also, the College’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Education Center serves active-duty U.S. Air Force personnel and the public. At the D-M center, students receive the same services that are available on PCC’s six campuses.

Last month, Downtown Campus was the site of an information session for veterans with disabilities to learn about Handi-Dogs.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that constitute the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

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