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Class Notes: North Ga., GSC make Military Friendly Schools list
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North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College — the two schools slated to form the University of North Georgia — have been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list.

The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing “the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.”

The list is compiled by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

“The Corps of Cadets is a vital part of this university’s heritage — and its future,” said North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs. “We are honored to count numerous service members, veterans and their family members among our students, faculty and staff and depend upon their expertise and leadership as we strive to fulfill our mission of educating leaders.”

Designated by the Georgia General Assembly as The Military College of Georgia, North Georgia’s Corps of Cadets comprises more than 760 students, and each year some 70 to 80 graduating cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army or the Georgia National Guard.

Gainesville State will soon be a part of that tradition, as the two schools are set to merge effective January 2013.

“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of GSC’s commitment to serve those who have so graciously served our country,” said Christy Orr, Gainesville State’s coordinator for adult learners and military. “The Center for Adult Learners and Military (CALM) is committed to providing student veterans and their family members all the tools they need to succeed at GSC and throughout life. CALM offers various methods of support through academic advising, military transcript evaluations, and tutoring services in math and writing. The CALM department also houses the Military Resource Center which is designed as a place where veterans can relax, study and socialize with each other between classes. GSC has a lot to offer our veteran population, and we are pleased to be recognized as a military friendly school.”

North Georgia has several initiatives aimed at assisting active duty service members and veterans, including awarding college credit for military training.

The school is also a part of Georgia’s Soldiers 2 Scholars program, which helps service members transition to civilian life by means of a college degree. The university’s Veterans Success Center also aids service members or their families through the process, including counseling, work-study opportunities and housing availability.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows (these two schools’) commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at parent company Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

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Lee Johnson covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:  ljohnson@gainesvilletimes.comfacebook.com/TimesLeeJohnson,@LeeJTimes

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