“It is an honor to be named a Best for Vets College,” Collin College Executive Vice President Brenda Kihl said. “Supporting our service men and women in their transition to college is a priority at Collin College. A variety of resources and academic services are available to ensure our student veterans are successful in meeting their educational goals.”
Collin College ranked 12th among two-year colleges, the highest of the three Texas community colleges to make the list. The Military Times survey asks colleges and universities to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, as well as describing many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.
“It’s been amazing to witness how colleges all across higher education have embraced service members and their families,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. “We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best – the colleges that really are setting the example.”
Collin College served more than 1,300 veterans in fiscal year 2014. The district works diligently to ensure that veterans have the support they need to get the most out of their college experience. The college’s Veterans Resource Center (collin.edu/studentresources/veteransresources ) offers information on financial aid, Veterans Affairs education benefits, personal counseling and membership in the Student Veterans of America. The resource page also offers a convenient portal for Collin College students to access external resources and community partners.
The district’s efforts also extend into the classroom, with veteran-centered courses offered each semester. The classes are “military-friendly” with professors who are aware of special circumstances such as impending deployment of students, IRR status, VA regulations and GI Bill education benefits.
Military Times’ series of Best for Vets rankings includes: colleges, career and technical colleges, business schools, franchises, employers, law enforcement and places to live. For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings, go to militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016.
The Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times for the week of Nov. 9; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
About Collin College
Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Allen, Plano and Rockwall. For more information, visit collin.edu.