The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has received the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation from Victory Media for the third year in a row. Military Friendly schools are top-tier educational institutions that provide the best opportunities for military service members and their spouses.
“CSM is proud to once again be recognized for the support and services we offer for active-duty military and veterans and their families in the community,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “The college makes it a priority to help these veterans reach their academic and career goals as they transition into civilian life.”
Just a day before the award was announced on Nov. 10, Gottfried spoke at a Veterans Day celebration breakfast at the La Plata Campus, where CSM’s active-duty military and student veterans, faculty and staff were honored for their contributions to the nation through their service in the armed forces.
Gottfried emphasized the college’s commitment to veterans, noting that CSM is one of the largest providers of educational services for current and former service members and their families in Maryland. Military/veteran students represent 10 percent of CSM’s total enrollment.
The college is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which allows eligible veterans, service members and certain dependents to receive VA educational benefits for credit certificate and associate degree programs. CSM’s outreach includes the CSM Student Veterans Organization and a lounge where student veterans can gather to study and socialize.
The Military Friendly® School designation comes from Victory Media which surveys thousands of institutions and assembles information that is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college where they can receive the education and training needed to pursue a career in the civilian workforce.
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