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Citrus College Earns Ninth Consecutive "Military Friendly" Designation
Glendora, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2019) – For the ninth consecutive year, Citrus College has been designated a Military Friendly School by VIQTORY, an organization that connects the military community to educational opportunities and civilian employment through its G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, STEM Jobs and Military Friendly brands.
Being included on the Military Friendly Schools list indicates that Citrus College is among the top 15 percent of the nation's colleges, universities and trade schools demonstrating a commitment to embracing military service members and veterans by connecting them to the resources needed to ensure their success.
"Nearly an entire generation of military students at Citrus College has benefitted from the college's unwavering commitment to helping them achieve their personal, academic and professional goals," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "To be included on this list of Military Friendly Schools nine years in a row affirms all that the college has done to foster an environment in which both service members and veterans can thrive."
To compile the Military Friendly Schools list, VIQTORY gathers information from the organization's data-driven survey, public data sources and personal data collected from veterans. Final rankings are determined by combining the institution's survey scores with an assessment of its ability to meet academic thresholds, such as student retention, persistence and graduation rates.
Published every year since 2003, the list is intended to assist military students in making informed choices about which colleges to attend. Throughout 2019, Citrus College will appear on militaryfriendly.com as well as the "2019 Guide to Military Friendly Schools," which is published in G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.
"Students transitioning to civilian life from military service arrive at the college with a vast arsenal of skills and special abilities," said Maria Cruz, director of the Citrus College Veterans Success Center and a former member of the U.S. Navy. "This population also faces unique challenges. Being named a Military Friendly School shows that Citrus College understands the magnitude of the responsibility and effectively navigates the complexities of serving this important student population."
The Veterans Success Center provides students with access to computers, academic counseling, financial aid assistance, mental health services and more, including a full-time staff member to help students with the certification of their U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits. Approximately 500 students benefit from these resources annually.
"Due to the exceptional work of the Veterans Success Center, our student servicemembers and veterans are receiving expert support services that equip them to succeed in the classroom, while also preparing them to excel in their future careers," said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "Citrus College is proud to receive this outstanding recognition and aims to continue enhancing its services for this special community on campus."