Up & Coming Weekly

March 02, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 3-9, 2021 UCW 13 COVER Fayetteville Technical Community College has been named a Top Ten Military Friendly School in the 2021-22 national rankings by Viqtory, an independent media firm that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneur- ial opportunities. FTCC ranked ninth among large community colleges. More than 1,200 institutions participated in Viqtory's annual survey to determine its 2021-22 list of Military Friendly Schools. Of the participants, 747 schools earned the Mili- tary Friendly designation. Viqtory also determines the top ten schools in categories such as large community col- leges and awards gold status both to the top ten and to other institutions within 10 per- cent of the tenth-ranked school. FTCC has been among the top ten in its category for several years. "We are delighted to be recognized again as one of the nation's top Military Friendly institutions," said FTCC President Dr. Larry Keen. "Fayetteville Technical Community College has a longstanding commitment to helping members of the military and their families. We continually appreciate the safety and security that they provide for each of us in this country. We're pleased to be able to provide them with exceptional educational opportunities that are also affordable and convenient." e methodology, criteria and weightings for the annual Military Friendly list were determined by Viqtory with input from an advisory council of independent leaders in higher education and the military recruit- ment community. Final ratings were determined by combin- ing the institution's survey response set and public data from government and agency sources, within a logic-based scoring assess- ment. Institutions are measured on their abil- ity to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. e 2021-22 Military Friendly Schools list will be included in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine, which is published by Viqtory. e list is also available at militaryfriendly.com. FTCC has a wide range of classes and pro- grams are available in a variety of settings, including on FTCC's campuses, at Fort Bragg and online. FTCC awards appropriate credit for prior military learning and follows up with comprehensive services to meet the spe- cial educational needs of military personnel and their families. FTCC's All American Veterans Center, on its Fayetteville campus, provides educational assistance and support to veterans. e College's Transition Tech program provides industry-focused training for military mem- bers who are preparing for civilian life. To learn more about FTCC's programs for the military and veterans, visit https://www. faytechcc.edu/military-veterans/ Fayetteville Technical Community College named a Top Ten military friendly school in national ranking a STAFF REPORT Students from FTCC's Transition Tech and the Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology programs worked together and created a new, permanent base for an exhibit at the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum during the 2020 Fall Semester. Since 2013, the damaged rotor from a Black Hawk helicopter shot down during the Battle of Moga- dishu in Somalia has rested on a plywood base that deteriorated through the years. Of the 17 students who worked on the project, 15 of them were transitioning out of the Army or had previously served.

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