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MCC selected as a Top Military-Friendly School

December 29, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

MARSHALLTOWN - Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Marshalltown Community College the designation of a Top Military-Friendly College in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, just released in print, and available online at

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE's 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year's institution for inclusion in the Guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of servicemembers, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name but a few.

"Our staff used strict criteria to evaluate the submissions of the respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year. We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities," said Kelly Fodel, MAE's editor.

"I encourage students and ESOs to check out our searchable database online," Fodel said. "We designed this database with the military student in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like the schools' activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information."

Visit for online access to the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education.

"MCC staff and faculty know the importance of military personnel pursuing higher education in order to accomplish their additional goals after service to our country," says Chris Russell, MCC Dean of Students and Academic Affairs. "A quality community college education and a strong and helpful student services department will assure that these men and women will be successful in completing their desired degrees."

Marshalltown Community College is part of the Iowa Valley Community College District. The campus is located at 3700 South Center Street, Marshalltown, IA. MCC has an enrollment of about 2,100 and offers over 72 career, technical and transfer programs. For more information, visit their website at

Military Advanced Education serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the servicemembers they counsel.

Published 10 times yearly, MAE's editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights, servicemember, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc) is the leading independent publisher of targeted information about military requirements, technologies and operations.



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