JCC Ranked Among Top Colleges for VeteransPosted: Updated:
When it comes to Jefferson County, it's easy to think of Fort Drum.
Jefferson Community College certainly does. And it shows. JCC made the list of Military Times Best Colleges of 2018 for veterans.
"14th in the nation, highest SUNY in the state. For that, we're really proud of it," said JCC Veteran Services Coordinator Craig McNamara.
More than 600 colleges took part in this year's survey, and only 218 made the list.
Rankings are based on graduation rates, the types of services provided, and the overall culture of veteran students.
Veteran Eric Coe has been a student at JCC since the summer.
"This is the first time I've gone to college, so it's a new beginning for me, but it's definitely been a great one," he said.
As a veteran, Eric is able to take advantage of the college's educational benefit programs, like the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and special tutoring.
"The tutors here actually go above and beyond. They volunteered specifically to help with veterans," he said.
"We put a lot of emphasis and energy on taking veterans who are transitioning out of the Fort Drum community, but also the military at large, and placing them in an academic environment where they can flourish and grow," said McNamara.
With more than 400 veterans and family members enrolled this school year, there are plenty of chances to do just that.