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NMJC Earns Military-Friendly School Status

NMJC Earns Military-Friendly School Status photo 9/19/2010 1:11:52 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. According to G.I. Jobs magazine, New Mexico Junior College has been named a “Military Friendly School” for 2011.

According to a list compiled through research of 7,000 schools, NMJC ranks in the top 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide for recruiting, supporting, and retaining military and veteran students.  NMJC is one of only eight New Mexico colleges to receive the designation.

According to Jackie McDonald, NMJC registrar assistant, who serves as coordinator and liaison for the college’s veterans, it’s a win-win for everyone when veterans and members of the military attend college. “Overall, veterans tend to be solid students, thanks to the traits they bring to the classroom.  They tend to have self-discipline, maturity, and commitment, and because of that, they generally do well in college. In turn, other students benefit from their broader perspectives and life experiences. At NMJC, we appreciate military students and what they represent.”

With the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year, there are now tens of billions of tuition dollars available to veterans. “[This bill] has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Bill magazine.  “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before.”

The list of designated schools compiled by G.I. Bill magazine can be found online at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list.

For more information about educational opportunities for veterans and military service members, please contact Jackie McDonald at 575.392.5112.

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