CCTC named “2018 Military Friendly® School”

Central Carolina Technical College has been designated a 2018 Military Friendly® School for the seventh consecutive year. The Military Friendly® School designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate.

CCTC serves approximately 400 active duty military members, dependents and veterans. To allow for greater academic flexibility for unpredictable military schedules, classes are offered in a variety of formats. Other CCTC resources include:

  • A Military Programs Coordinator at the Shaw AFB Education Center Site
  • A Veterans’ Affairs Representative on the Main Campus
  • A Veterans Resource Center, which offers a variety of academic and career services in an environment where active duty, dependents and veteran students can socialize with fellow military students
  • An active chapter of the Student Veterans of America on campus

Recently, Central Carolina Technical College was awarded a federal Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) grant for $1.3 million. The Veterans Upward Bound program is designed to prepare, motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance into and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program will serve 125 veterans per year from Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties at a cost of $263,938 per year for five years for a total of $1,319,690.* This program will fund the following new staff positions: Veteran Transition Counselor, Veteran Academic Counselor, Administrative Specialist and four part-time Teaching Assistants. The grant will also fund expanding the existing Veterans Resource Center, college and cultural exploration activities, and provide small stipends to veterans who complete various program components.

CCTC has ample financial aid resources available to military students as well. Active Duty military and their family members are afforded in-state tuition status, which makes them eligible for a variety of grants and scholarships, and through CCTC’s memorandum of understanding with the Department of Defense, the College participates in the Tuition Assistance Program for active duty members and the MyCAA program for military spouses.

“We provide many services such as in-state tuition for active duty and dependents, an office on Shaw A.F.B. to ease access to the college, a Veterans Resource Center, a designated Veterans’ Affairs representative, and a Student Veterans’ Association.  These services, in addition to many others, are why we have been recognized as a Military Friendly School for the seventh consecutive year. We are so very proud to be recognized for our work with the military population,” says CCTC’s Vice President of Student Affairs Lisa M. Bracken.
For more information on CCTC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, call the Veterans’ Affairs Representative at (803) 778-7845.


*100% of the Veterans Upward Bound grant is Federally funded. There is no funding provided by non-governmental sources.