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G.I. Jobs Magazine Ranks Hudson Valley Community College as a “Military Friendly” School For Seventh Year In A Row

MEDIA CONTACT: Teresa Farrell (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Hudson Valley Community College recently was designated a Military Friendly School for 2017 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This designation places the college in the top 14 percent of 10,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide in fulfilling its mission to educate military service personnel and veterans.

Originally established as the Veterans Vocational School in Troy, Hudson Valley has had a long tradition of assisting active duty personnel and veterans with benefits, counseling and academic advisement. The college offers transfer credit for military experience, tuition deferrals, dedicated study space, mentors and a host of other services.

The 2017 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 14 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus. The list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. The Military Friendly Schools® website, features the list and search functionality to help veteran and active duty service members find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Hudson Valley has made the list each year since 2011.

“Hudson Valley Community College is proud to have made the Military Friendly Schools list for the seventh year in a row, and would like to thank our student members of the Armed Forces for their service,” said President Drew Matonak. “The college has a variety of support services aimed directly at the student veteran or active duty service member, in an effort to make our campus a more welcoming place for veterans to pursue higher education. Programs like our veteran mentors and the Armed Forces Study Room aim to help replace the camaraderie that many of our veterans experienced in the military.”

The college’s student veteran mentors are peers who understand the unique situation of transitioning from the service to being a student. They are here to speak with students about military service, help build camaraderie among veterans on campus and share information about the services available to students. The college is also home to the Armed Forces Club, a peer-supported group for veterans on campus. The club provides a means for people within Hudson Valley Community College to support the efforts of veterans from all branches of the armed forces.

Active duty service members or veterans who wish to speak to someone at the college about their benefits may call (518) 629-4545. Those who wish to enroll in a degree or certificate program may call the admissions office at (518) 629-7309. To learn more about the programs and perks that Hudson Valley offers veterans, visit

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.