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PCC on G.I. Jobs' 2012 Military-Friendly List

Prior to becoming a student at Pitt Community College, Wilmington native Timothy Maynard served in several overseas operations with the Marine Corps. Maynard, now an officer in the PCC Student Goverment Association, is enrolled in the college's University Transfer curriculum.

WINTERVILLE—A national magazine has included Pitt Community College on its annual listing of the country’s most military-friendly schools.

Earlier this fall, G.I. Jobs rated Pitt as one of the nation’s best colleges and universities in terms of offering active-duty military personnel and veterans a quality education, value and welcoming attitude.

During last month’s Veterans Salute, President G. Dennis Massey said PCC is serving approximately 500 veterans and their dependents this semester out of an enrollment of 8,500.

“PCC takes great pride in serving veterans and current members of our armed forces,” Massey said. “These men and women have made numerous sacrifices in order to preserve our nation’s freedom, and they deserve our best effort in helping them receive a quality college education.”

In determining its “2012 Military Friendly Schools List,” G.I. Jobs conducted extensive research and issued comprehensive surveys to assess each school’s success in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students.

The process placed strongly emphasized a school’s non-financial efforts to recruit and retain current and former service members, which took into account Veterans Affairs-approval to accept the GI Bill, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges membership, CLEP and ACE academic credit, and flexible learning programs.

The evaluation also considered an institution’s accreditations and financial commitment to military students, which included such things as Yellow Ribbon program membership, tuition benefits, and the percentage of a school’s overall recruitment budget allocated to recruiting active and former service members.

In addition to G.I. Jobs’ list, PCC was also named a military-friendly institution this fall by militarycollegeonline.org.