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CCGA named a 2017 'Best for Vets' College
Posted 11/07/2016 08:54AM

For the second consecutive year, the College of Coastal Georgia has received recognition as a "Best for Vets" college by Military Times. Among the 500 colleges and universities that took part in the Military Times' "Best for Vets: Colleges 2017" survey, the College is ranked 51st, improving its previous national ranking of 62 by approximately 18%. In Georgia, CCGA is ranked 4th best among four-year schools.

The Military Times announced its "Best for Vets: Colleges 2017" ranking November 1. The editorially independent news project factored in a comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

The annual survey assessed the College's culture of support, emphasizing the Veterans Lounge, financial aid services, academic tutoring and advising, and VALOR (Veterans Academic Learning Opportunities and Resources).

"This designation affirms that CCGA is upholding the highest Principles of Excellence (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs) and 8 Keys to Veterans' Success (U.S. Department of Education), and are building a culture on both CCGA campuses in Brunswick and Camden that is welcoming and supportive to all military students," said Kimberly Burgess, Admissions Counselor for Adult, Military and Transfer Students.

Military veterans remain a high-priority for College of Coastal Georgia President Greg Aloia, and he is seeing to it that they receive the education that they so rightfully deserve.

"Receiving the 'Best for Vets' designation for a second year underscores the College's commitment to serve military and veteran students at our campuses while honoring their service," said CCGA President Aloia.

It is even more evident at the Camden Center in Kingsland.

"We are very committed to assisting the veteran student population in balancing their work-school life challenges by providing flexible schedules through our online and Brunswick-to-Camden synchronous classes. We have also enhanced our tutoring and advising services by adding additional staff to provide support," stated Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tracy Pellett.

"The College of Coastal Georgia will continue to move forward and enhance our military-friendly culture and levels of support for our military student population," Burgess added. "Our goal is to create a culture that eliminates hurdles in the enrollment process for military students and allows them to successfully pursue their academic goals and graduate on time at CCGA."

The rankings are published online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com. It will appear in a Military Times' special magazine issue sometime this month.

For the full "Best for Vets: Colleges 2017" rankings and survey methodology, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2017.

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About College of Coastal Georgia

College of Coastal Georgia is an undergraduate college in the University System of Georgia. Located on Georgia's coast, the College campus is in Brunswick with additional outreach through the Camden Center in Kingsland. The vision of the College is to be a college of choice for students within Georgia and beyond, providing an outstanding education for tomorrow's leaders and citizens through service learning, global awareness and engaged entrepreneurship. With a strong emphasis on student retention, progression and timely graduation, the College offers baccalaureate degrees in American Studies, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Informatics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Nursing (BSN), Psychology and Public Management as well as career associate degrees in Culinary Arts, Clinical Lab Technology, Nursing (ASN) and Radiologic Science. A veterans-friendly campus, the College is a designated Yellow Ribbon School. Approximately 3,100 students are served by more than 200 staff members and a teaching faculty of whom 52% hold doctoral degrees. CCGA is an active participant in the Complete College Georgia initiative designed to support community partnerships and develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills necessary to address the challenges of 21st century economic development and community wellbeing. For more information, visit the College website: www.ccga.edu.


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