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ATC Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Veterans

College Receives “2017 Best for Vets” and “2017 Military Friendly” Honors

Aiken Technical College has been recognized for its commitment to serve student veterans and their families.

The College is listed among the top 24 career and technical colleges in the country in the Military Times 2017 Best for Vets list. The College has also been named a 2017 Military Friendly college by Victory Media, a designation it has received for six consecutive years.

“It is an honor for Aiken Technical College to serve our veterans,” said ATC President Dr. Forest Mahan. “Our objective is to help them meet their educational goals. Veterans bring a very strong work ethic and are a vital part of our student community. These recognitions are honors that we share with our veterans.”

ATC is ranked as the No. 16 career and technical college for veterans in the country in the 2017 Best for Vets list. For its rankings, Military Times used criteria such as military enrollment; staff support; extracurricular participation rates, activity levels and initiatives that support veterans and their families; and policy agreements such as the U.S. Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding and Principles of Excellence.

ATC has consistently met standards by Victory Media thus earning the Military Friendly college designation. Criteria the organization considered included academic policies and compliance; culture and commitment to veterans and their families; and student veteran retention.

“Each year, employers and schools competing for the Military Friendly(R) designation are challenged to a higher standard than in previous years via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and our Advisory Council,” according to a press release from Victory Media.

ATC has a long-standing tradition of providing exemplary service to its student veterans, active duty military members, and their families. The College offers many services including a dedicated enrollment advisor for those using Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits; scholarships and cost-of-living grants for eligible students; peer mentoring by Veterans Ambassadors; career sessions with area employers; and an active Student Veterans Association chapter.
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