Virginia College Named No. 3 Best for Vets by Military Times Magazine

Feb 4, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – February 3, 2015 – Virginia College has recently been named No. 3 among career and technical colleges in the 2015 "Best for Vets" rankings by Military Times magazine. The rankings assessed schools that responded to Military Times' detailed survey, and based on responses to the survey and Education Department data, the schools were evaluated on their culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and financial considerations. On average, vets made up about 13 percent of the enrollments of the colleges that responded to the survey.

"Virginia College is honored to be ranked third as Best for Vets among career and technical colleges in the country," said Mike Betz, General Manager of Military Student Initiatives at Education Corporation of America, parent company of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America and Ecotech Institute. "Our military population and genuine support of our military student body is proof of our commitment to these students. We want the best for all of our students and strive to make each of their educational experiences as positive as it can be."

Through its Military Student Center, the school offers a go-to resource for military personnel looking to pursue an education at Virginia College and provides assistance in planning their educational experience, as well as explaining benefits offered by Virginia College. "With this center, we ensure individualized assistance to our nation's most deserving heroes. We consider ourselves privileged to have the opportunity to help channel their military training into a promising career in the private sector," added Betz.

Those eligible for military benefits include active-duty members serving in any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, retired military, guardsmen, reservist military personnel and anyone eligible for U.S. government veteran benefits. Military-friendly benefits offered at Virginia College include military scholarships such as the Patriots Service Scholarship, Post 9/11 Scholarship Program and the Armed Forces Recognition Scholarship. Military service members may also transfer up to 75 percent of required credits from other accredited schools, military training and programs such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The school has also enacted a military-friendly deployment policy with many programs available completely online.

This award adds to past military awards that Virginia College has received including "Top Military School" by Military Advanced Education, Yellow Ribbon School by the Department of Veteran Affairs and "Military Friendly" school by G.I. Jobs magazine.

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About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America
Birmingham, Ala.,-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 18,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in 27 different cities in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via and operates Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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