San Diego Community College District campuses win 2016 Military Friendly award

Rutger Rosenborg

All of the San Diego Community College District’s campuses were recognized as 2016 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that surveys the most military friendly employers and schools in the nation. San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College and San Diego Continuing Education were all awarded the distinction on Nov. 5.

“As Americans, we owe a lot to our veterans for their selfless and often heroic service,” District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll said in a news release. “We give them priority at all of our campuses and I am very pleased to see our practices honored by the Military Friendly designation.”

The award is given to institutions that do the most to support military students during and after their education. Ratings are based on 10 different categories of survey questions, including academic credibility and support on campus, according to Military Friendly’s website.

In addition to a Veterans Service Center, Veterans Affairs office and Military Education Program, the district is home to thousands of student veterans. San Diego Continuing Education offers four free certificate programs to veterans, in addition to accommodations for veterans with disabilities.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media, said in the announcement. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”