Up & Coming Weekly

February 25, 2020

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12 UCW FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 3, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Fayetteville Technical Community College has again been ranked among the top five Military Friendly® large community colleges in the nation for 2020-21. e prestigious designation by the national Military Friendly® Schools Program affirms FTCC's commitment to providing military members, veter- ans and their families with high-quality educational services that are affordable and convenient. A wide range of classes and programs are available in a variety of settings on FTCC's campuses at Fort Bragg and online. e school awards appropriate credits for prior military learning and follows up with comprehensive services to meet the special educational needs of military personnel and their families. FTCC's All American Veterans Center on the school's main campus provides educational assistance and support to veterans. A Transition Tech program provides industry-focused training for military members who are preparing for civilian life. e North Carolina Military Business Center headquartered at Fayetteville Tech works to support the integra- tion of skilled transitioning military personnel and veterans into the civilian workforce. e mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve qual- ity of life in North Carolina. "FTCC is pleased to be recognized again nation- ally as one of the best Military Friendly colleges in the large community college ratings," said Dr. Mark Sorrells, FTCC's senior vice president for Academic and Student Services. e Military Friendly® Schools rank- ings are compiled each year by Viq- tory, an independent media firm that promotes economic opportunities for veterans, transitioning service mem- bers and military spouses. e 2020-21 Military Friendly® Schools list will be included in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine, which is published by Viq- tory and is also available at www.mili- taryfriendly.com. e term "military" refers to all people in the military com- munity, including active duty, reserve and National Guard service members, veterans and military spouses. It's a trademarked name because there are several copycat military lists and ratings programs that don't possess the rigor and history of Military Friendly®. e ratings are based on extensive data from public sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Final rat- ings are determined by combining the institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repay- ment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-21 survey, with 695 earning the Military Friendly® designation. e rankings distinguish the top 10 Military Friendly® schools in several categories, including large commu- nity colleges. Top 10 schools, such as FTCC, are awarded gold status, as are those that score within 10% of the 10th-ranked school. Visit https://www. faytechcc.edu/military-veterans to learn more about FTCC's programs for the military and veterans. Fayetteville Technical Community College was established in 1961 and serves over 38,000 students annually by providing over 280 occupational, tech- nical, general education, college trans- fer and continuing education programs to meet the needs of students and the community. It is the fourth-largest community college in the state and boasts one of the largest Continuing Education departments. Visit FTCC's website at www.faytechcc.edu. FTCC ranks fifth in nation for military education support by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS A wide range of classes and programs are available in a variety of settings on FTCC's campuses at Fort Bragg and online. Master Gardeners Spring Garden SYMPOSIUM MARCH 21 R A M A D A P L A Z A Vendors, Silent Auction, Book Signing, Raffle and Served Lunch Bordeaux Convention Center 1707 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304 8AM - 4PM E x t e n s i o n M a s t e r G a rd e n e r S M C u m b e r l a n d C o u n t y Vo l u n t e e r A s s o c i a t i o n p re s e n t s 2020 GUEST SPEAKERS Jason Weathington C U M B E R L A N D C O U N T Y REGISTER TODAY! www.eventbrite.com/e/cumberland-county-master- gardener-spring-gardening-symposium-2020- tickets-77854995387 Joe Lamp'l Kerry Ann Mendez Deprecia's School of dance (910) 500-3053 dsodstudio.com dsodstudios@gmail.com 8175 Cliffdale Rd. Suite 113 Fayetteville NC, 28314 Dance into the New Year with Joy & Happiness

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