Salt Lake Community College Named Top-10 School for Veterans

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Salt Lake Community College has been named one of the top-10 two-year colleges in the country for Veterans by Military Times EDGE Magazine. The publication ranked SLCC 9th overall in the country for veterans on the basis of the factors found to be most important to veterans with an emphasis on academic accreditation, central veterans' offices and staff knowledgeable on veterans' issues.

"We are pleased to be recognized as being so friendly to veterans and are grateful for the support of college administration and the Utah State Legislature that makes it possible.” Darlene Head, Director of SLCC's Veterans Center

Salt Lake Community College has been named one of the top-10 two-year colleges in the country for Veterans by Military Times EDGE Magazine. The publication ranked SLCC 9th overall in the country for veterans on the basis of the factors found to be most important to veterans with an emphasis on academic accreditation, central veterans' offices and staff knowledgeable on veterans' issues.

Additional criteria for the award included: cost per credit, participation in the Yellow Ribbon veterans scholarship program, veteran-friendly residency policy, and veteran graduation and student loan default rates.

“This award provides a wonderful recognition of the quality service Salt Lake Community College is able to provide for veterans in the community,” said Darlene Head, Director of the SLCC Veterans Center. “We are pleased that we are one of the top-performing schools in the country in meeting the needs of veterans. We are also grateful for the support of college administration and the Utah State Legislature that makes it possible.”

Salt Lake Community College had the largest student population of any of the top-18 schools on the list. The College also recorded the third-highest graduation rate among placing schools. With a 2.7 percent default rate among its veteran students, SLCC also had the lowest rate of defaults—far lower than the average default rate for 2-3 year colleges, which was 8.7 percent.

About the SLCC Veterans Center: Salt Lake Community College opened a new, renovated Veterans Center in October 2008. With more than, 2,000 square feet, the Center provides services to the College’s veteran population—more than 1,200 students per year. Offering a comprehensive array of services available to those who have served in the U.S. military, the Veterans Center was one of only eight in the nation selected to participate in the Vet Success program. The College Veterans Center is the first of its kind on any college or university campus in Utah, and offers veterans a one-stop support center for their educational needs, including a dedicated VA Vet Success counselor.

For information, contact Darlene Head, at 801-957-3833 or Darlene(dot)head(at)slcc(dot)edu.

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