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AACC is well recognized for an institutional commitment to serving those who serve. G. I. Jobs named AACC to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools, a recognition AACC has achieved for the second consecutive year. The list honors the top 15 percent of more than 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. Schools on the list offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more. In addition, AACC was selected as a 2010 Military Advanced Education Top Military-friendly Colleges and Universities Honoree.
Today’s veterans face unique challenges. Studies show that one out of five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are also more likely than veterans of any previous conflict to attempt suicide. More than 22,000 Iraq-Afghanistan veterans have returned to Maryland in recent years, and thousands more are coming home. More than 15,000 Maryland veterans received GI Bill education benefits during the fall 2010 semester – including 676 at AACC. As more veterans enroll in college and training courses, colleges and universities – especially community colleges – must make concerted efforts to better understand the behavioral health challenges many veterans face.
AACC is a fully accredited, public community college offering credit programs leading to an associate degree, certificate or a letter of recognition and continuing professional education that leads to workforce certificates and credentials. The college also offers extensive lifelong learning opportunities and continuing education course to those seeking career training or retraining, working to boost basic skills or pursuing new areas of interest.
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