G.I. Jobs has announced Harford Community College has made its list of 2012 Military Friendly Schools again. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools deemed to be doing the most to embrace U.S. military veterans as students.
For the first time, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans that provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list.
"The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans," said Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America.
According to GI Jobs, the 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools offer scholarships and discounts, veterans' clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served.
Harford Community College works hard to identify ways in which services can be improved to assist active duty military, members of the Reserve forces, military family members and veterans.
The college follows recommendations of the American Council on Education in awarding college credit for military training. Through credit awarded for military training, many active duty soldiers and veterans are able to complete degree requirements more quickly. In addition, Harford Community College is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, a consortium of national higher education associations and more than 1,900 institutional members that subscribe to principles designed to provide quality academic programs to military students and their families. Through use of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges agreements, active duty and reserve service members and their family members are able to "lock in" a degree plan with a home college and continue to work on that degree plan after leaving the home school through completion of pre-approved course equivalents.
HCC is also a supporting member of My Career Advancement Account, a Department of Defense program to assist spouses of active duty service members in completing college and other training programs designed to develop "portable career skills" that will enable them to find employment as they transfer from post to post with their military partner.