GGC recognized as friendly to the military

Georgia Gwinnett College students and veterans hold armfuls of U.S. flags in front of Building B
Georgia Gwinnett College students and veterans John Maison, Sean Casey and Derricus Chatman lined the campus sidewalks with U.S. flags during the early morning of 2014’s Veterans Day to honor all veterans for their service to the nation.

Georgia Gwinnett College has twice been recognized for its service to students who are veterans or who currently serve in the U.S. military.

For a second year, the college has been recognized as a military-friendly school by Victory Media and is listed by the organization at its Web site.

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a veteran-owned business that plays a pivotal role in helping educators and employers attract high-quality students and employees, comply with regulations, and develop leading practices in military programs. Victory Media’s Military Friendly ratings and resources provide service members with transparent, accurate information needed to make decisions about post-military opportunities.

Also for a second year, GGC is listed as a Top School in Military Advanced Education’s (MAE) 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The guide was released in the December issue of MAE and is available online at

Military star button

“Such honors give prospective military students confidence that our college will provide them the support they need to reach their educational goals.”
– Dr. Melinda Spencer, senior associate provost for Operations

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies at more than 600 institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges. Now in its eighth year of publishing the guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type.

“We believe the guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

“These two important designations are true indicators of the dedicated efforts by the staff in GGC’s Office of Veteran Success (OVS) on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Melinda Spencer, senior associate provost for Operations. “Such honors give prospective military students confidence that our college will provide them the support they need to reach their educational goals.”

Did You Know…


GGC has a U.S. Army ROTC program.

The OVS provides support services and educational benefit programs to U.S. military veterans, national guardsmen, reservists and their eligible dependents and survivors who are enrolled at the college.

In addition to certifying GI Bill benefits, the OVS also provides information from campus-related resources, links to local military support services and contacts for local VA facilities.

Georgia Gwinnett has more than 300 military and veteran students who qualify for OVS support.

The college’s military and veteran students also established the student organization, Coalition of Veterans Engagement, Readiness, and Trust (COVERT). A chapter of Student Veterans of America, COVERT has developed a relationship with the Lawrenceville VFW post and has hosted a tribute “Run for the Fallen” event.

Deborah Reato, GGC’s director of Veteran Success, is working with colleagues at other University System of Georgia institutions in forming the North/Central Georgia Student Veterans Coordinators group. Participating schools meet to discuss new and changing policies affecting military and veteran students, and to discover ways to improve programs and support.

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