Gwinnett Technical College Earns National Recognition for Veterans Services
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – As Gwinnett Technical College successfully celebrated Veterans Day last week with a host of programs and events, exciting word came that the College had earned two significant national recognitions for their outstanding Veterans Services.
- Military Times released their 2017 Best for Vets: Career & Technical College List and Gwinnett Tech was ranked 19th in the nation for its commitment to education and providing opportunities to America’s veterans, service members and their families.
Annually Military Times invites career and technical colleges from across the U.S. to complete a rigorous survey comprised of 150 questions, about their operations involving current and former service members and their families. Additional data is then collected from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Educational Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard, and the Cohort Default Rate Database. Institutions are independently evaluated in five key categories: university culture, student support, academic outcomes/quality, academic policies and cost and financial aid. Only 24 institutions in the nation were named to the 2017 Best for Vets list.
Additionally, Gwinnett Tech has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs℠, and Military Spouse.
Each year, the distinguished list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families across the country, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation are evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Only 1,160 institutions in the U.S. were awarded the designation this year.
Travis Simpson, coordinator of Gwinnett Tech's Office of Veterans Affairs said, "It is a tremendous honor for Gwinnett Technical College to receive these coveted recognitions by such distinguished organizations. Gwinnett Tech was the first technical college in Georgia to establish a dedicated Office of Veterans Affairs committed exclusively to serve veterans, spouses and dependents...Our office is deeply committed to helping veterans repurpose their military training and skills into lucrative careers in both public and private sectors."
Gwinnett Tech Veteran Services include:
- Veterans Educational Benefits Support
- Yellow Ribbon Program
- Veterans Scholarship
- Dedicated Computer Lab
- Student Veterans Organization
- Veterans Resource Advocate
- Career Counseling
Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
For more than a decade, Victory Media’s Military Friendly® ratings recognize companies and colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses. According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, "Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields."
About Gwinnett Tech: Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The College offers more than 140 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and also serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit GwinnettTech.edu. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.