Submitted by Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Community College has received the Military Times 2022-2023 Best for Vets Colleges and Military Friendly® Survey: Schools Gold designations. Through the Veterans Resource Center (VRC), a Veterans Advisory Board, and other special services, Middlesex assists veteran and military-affiliated students in attending college.
“I am honored to work every day with our veteran and military-connected student population,” said Jessica Frost, MCC’s Director of the VRC. “These designations are reflective of the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff that educate, support and care for our students and I am so grateful for this.”
A gold designation means Middlesex fell within 10 percent of the top 10 schools ranked in the United States. The college was scored on academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention.
Led by Frost, MCC’s VRC offers access to advising services and resources, as well as holds special events for veteran and military-connected students to network with each other and the MCC community. The Center also guides students on their paths to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce.
In the fall of 2022, Kevin Murphy credited Middlesex for being his starting point. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who spent two years in Afghanistan, Murphy returned to school to discover what he was capable of after serving.
Through the VRC, Murphy was able to figure out how to use his GI benefits and apply to school. He also received help in changing his major from History, Politics, and Global Studies to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science when he realized what he wanted to pursue for a career long-term.
“MCC has helped me understand who I am, what I want to do in life, and how to get there – providing not only classes needed to get a degree, but also introductions to different lifestyles and topics that have made me think outside the box,” Murphy said. “This includes values I have learned here, which I will carry with me my entire life.”