Middlesex Community College names military-friendly school
Middlesex Community College has been named a 2021 Silver Level Military Friendly School by VIQTORY.
The CMC supports veterans and their families through Veterans Resource Centers, a Veterans Advisory Council and other special veterans services.
“I am so proud that Middlesex has been given the honor of being a Friendly Designated Military College,” said Pamela Flaherty, MCC’s Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “We started from very humble beginnings in 2006 with a volunteer student. We have become two comprehensive HRV centers, providing a range of services to our veterans and military-related families. “
The annual Military-Friendly Schools List honors the nation’s top colleges, universities, and vocational schools. They are known to go out of their way to welcome military service members, veterans and spouses of the United States as students and to ensure their success – in the classroom and after graduation.
Middlesex provides training opportunities – as well as many resources for veterans – to ease the transition from military to civilian life.
Nicole Smay, an MCC senior nurse who is a combat veteran, served as an Army Medical Service officer and walked away with the rank of captain.
Grateful for MCC’s help in navigating its VA benefits, Smay calls MCC academic advisor Melinda Turchiano her “safety net” in helping her use her post-9/11 GI bill.
Smay also believes that her experience in the military helped her prepare for her studies, including understanding the importance of “watching over your boyfriend”. To succeed in her studies, she relies on the support of her classmates and teachers, and tries to do the same for them.
“I firmly believe that the military prepared me for rigorous training as a nursing student,” Smay said. “A nursing student needs to be strong willed, focused, and able to internalize emotions and think critically while providing patient care. The military taught me how to do this as an officer, and the professors in the nursing program worked to refine these qualities.
For more information on Veterans Services in Middlesex, contact Jessica A. Frost, Director of the VRC, at [email protected] or 978-656-3282, or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/veteransresources .