CLC makes Gold on list of Military Friendly Schools

At the Veteran's Day breakfast Published April 07, 2023

College of Lake County (CLC) was among the top colleges and universities nationwide to be named an official Gold Military Friendly® school.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® Schools Awards designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey; 530 schools earned awards level designations in Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and 250 were selected for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs.

"This award really reflects CLC's student-centered approach in all departments,” said Military-Affiliated Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator Matt Sawicki. “Our military-affiliated and veteran students uniformly report outstanding support from the Welcome and One Stop Center, our career and college navigators, academic success advisors and faculty. All CLC faculty and staff should take pride in our designation as a 'Gold' Military-Friendly School."

The 2023-2024 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine's May issue and found at

Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in higher education. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey responses and government/agency public data sources within a logic-based assessment. We measure their ability to meet thresholds for Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Repayment, Persistence, and Loan Default rates for all students and specifically, for student veterans.

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our process,” said Kayla Lopez, Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®. “This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages institutions to consistently evolve their programs. Award level schools have gone beyond that standard, showing true commitment and dedication in their efforts. The Military Friendly® benchmark promotes positive educational outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community.”

About Military Friendly® Schools

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created annually based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools, and responses to the proprietary, Military Friendly® Schools survey. Survey questions, methodology, criteria, and weighting were developed with the assistance from an independent research firm's and advisory council of educators. It is administered for free and open to all postsecondary schools wanting to participate and receive award recognition in Gold, Silver, Bronze categories. Criteria available at:

About Viqtory

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at