Thomas Nelson Community College has been named among the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018. Formerly known as Best for Vets, the lists are editorially independent from the Military Times news organization, ranks four-year, two-year, CTE and online and nontraditional higher educational programs in terms of how they help veterans.
Thomas Nelson was ranked 18th among career and technical schools, a category that includes four-year schools as well as some community colleges.
The rankings, of which 218 of more than 600 participants were included, are based on an annual survey conducted by Military Times, and data from the Veterans Affairs, Defense and Education departments.
Institutions are evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic outcomes/quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.
At Thomas Nelson, 991 of 8,897 students are also military. Student veterans at Thomas Nelson can find both a center specifically for them to study, get academic help, obtain information about resources or simply hang out. They have access to offices outside the main financial aid office to handle Veterans Affairs-related benefits.
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The Military Times announcement comes on the heels of the Commonwealth’s dedication of Veterans Resource Centers at seven schools within Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS). Thomas Nelson was among those dedicated as part of Virginia’s VERITAS (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success) program. Other community colleges included in VERITAS are Germanna in Fredericksburg; J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler in the Richmond area; Northern Virginia; Tidewater; and Virginia Western in Roanoke.
The VERITAS dedication coincided with the Nov. 10 debut of the Credits2Careers Veterans Portal which gives veterans and military students an easier time earning credit for prior learning. The new web tool lets students upload their Joint Services Transcript to see how many academic credits their work experience could translate into more than 1,700 community college programs.
Available at www.credits2careers.org, the portal also provides real-time employment information enabling veterans and service members to explore civilian careers related to their area of expertise or interest.