NIACC Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs for 5th Consecutive Year

G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) the designation of “Military Friendly School.” The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. NIACC has earned this recognition every year.

“We are very excited to receive this award for the fifth year in a row — all five years it has been given,” said Michelle Petznick, VA Certifying Official and Registrar at NIACC.
“NIACC is able to provide veterans, spouses and dependents a variety of support and resources as they pursue their academic goals. By offering these services, NIACC prepares the student with a personalized transition plan into the academic environment and civilian life,” she said.

NIACC student and Navy Veteran, Sarah Lauritsen, said the transition from being in the military to becoming a college student can be difficult. “But NIACC is a welcoming place and they make it easy for veterans. It’s genuinely a kind place to be. They deserve this ranking.”

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows NIACC’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Complete survey methodology is available at

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® is highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.

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