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Georgia Gwinnett College named military friendly school

GGC chosen for services that include providing tuition and fee waivers

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two media outlets who have military audiences recently selected Georgia Gwinnett College as a military-friendly institution.

Victory Media named GGC a 2014 Military Friendly School, while Military Advanced Education chose the Lawrenceville college as a top military-friendly school. GGC was among 48 schools in Georgia to make the list for Victory Media, which is considered the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning to civilian life. School officials said GGC has about 230 veterans enrolled in classes.

The Victory Media list, in its fifth year, honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus, according to Victory Media.

Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran, said being on the 2014 list means a school shows a commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students.

“The need for education is growing, and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” Collins said in a press release.

GGC established the Office of Veterans Success earlier this year, which in part certifies enrollment with the Veterans Affairs for all students using GI Bill education benefits. It also provides scholarship and job opportunity information, and refers students to additional services either with the VA or here on campus, such as tutoring.

Deborah Reato, the director of Veterans Success, said in the release that GGC advocates for military students when a need or concern comes up about student account issues, financial aid, tuition or fee waivers. Reato said the school also trains faculty and staff on the GI Bill, and how to interact with the military population and be aware of any possible issues that aren’t in other student populations.

A new student organization is established at GGC called the Coalition of Veteran Engagement, Readiness and Trust. It’s led by veterans who seek to increase awareness of military students and help them transition from military to college life. This club also participates in campus and community military-related events and service projects.

The annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

GGC also will appear in the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities in the December issue of “Military Advanced Education.”