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BPCC named ‘Military Friendly School’ for sixth year in a row

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BPCC SGA President Erica Lawson (front row, second from far left – blue/white dress) and SGA Secretary/Treasurer Jacob Tucker (front row, far left – red shirt) pose yesterday at the Veteran’s Hospital with Ms BPCC Ali Leone and four Marine Reserves who serve with Jacob.

On this Veteran’s Day 2016, Bossier Parish Community College announced it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse, for the sixth consecutive year.

First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, 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 were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. 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.

“We are proud to serve our active duty and veteran students as well as their families and we’re extremely honored to be named a Military Friendly® college for the sixth year in a row,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “BPCC’s commitment to our nation’s heroes is serious and on-going.”

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.”

This semester, BPCC is honored to have three military students serving as its Student Government Association officers – President Erica Lawson; Vice President Samantha Edmonds; and Secretary/Treasurer Jacob Aaron Tucker.

Lawson served our country for five years in the U.S Army; Edmonds served in the Air Force Reserves for four years; and Tucker is currently a Lance Corporal E-3 in the Marine Reserves. He has been the Reserves for two years, seven months.

These students bring invaluable leadership experience and service to the student body on campus.  Lawson says that student veterans have a voice here at BPCC.  “BPCC gives student veterans hope and opportunities, and it’s up to us to build on that foundation.”

For more information about BPCC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit the College’s website at www.bpcc.edu/veteraneducationservices.  BPCC will be showcased along with other 2017 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.