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College named Military Friendly® Gold school for second straight year

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 25, 2019

The College of Lake County has been named a Military Friendly® Gold School Award recipient for 2018-19, the second consecutive year that it has achieved the Gold status. Victory Media, a Pittsburgh-based publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine and originator of the designation, listed CLC in the large community college category.

CLC’s Military Friendly® School designation is its 10th consecutive. The Gold category indicates that the college has attained a total score that is within 20 percent of those attained by the Top Ten schools, according to Joe Bochantin, the college’s veteran student services coordinator.  

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation are evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a survey completed by the school. Final ratings are determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the school’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement and loan repayment. Other criteria include persistence toward degree advancement or transfer as well as loan default rates for all students, including veterans.

To see a complete list of this year’s award winners, or to learn more about the ratings, visit

Besides the Military Friendly® designation, CLC has in the last three years added five part-time interns to its two-member Veterans Student Services staff to reduce wait times, Bochantin said. Other enhancements include: peer mentoring, an annual creative arts festival, annual movie night and greater collaboration with local veterans agencies and organizations.

For more information on services for military and veteran students at CLC, visit


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