BCTC Named to Victory Medias 2016 Military Friendly Schools List

Bluegrass Community amp; Technical College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

It is an honor for BCTC to be designated as a 2016 Military Friendly School. This is a designation that we will continue to pursue each year. As a veteran myself, and having used my GI Bill in the past, it brings relief to know that schools such as BCTC have faculty and staff who care about the student holistically and strive to create an environment friendly to all military persons, said Desiree Groves Marshall, BCTC's VA Coordinator/School Certifying Official.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst amp; Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses, said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.

For more information about BCTC's commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Military_and_Veteran_Student_Services.

BCTC will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.