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Mountwest named best two-year college for veterans

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Mountwest Community and Technical College has been named the best two-year college for vets by Military Times.

"We're honored to receive national recognition for our efforts," Cory Payne, Mountwest's military and veterans program manager, said in a release. "We know there's always room for improvement, and we'll continue to find ways to better accommodate veterans and active-duty service members."

Schools were evaluated based on a variety of factors including whether a college's per-credit-hour rate for all programs was at or below the $250-per-credit-hour cap on military tuition assistance in the 2011-2012 school year, whether a school is participating in the Veterans Affairs Department's Yellow Ribbon program during the 2012-2013 school year, whether the school accepts American Council on Education credits, and whether the school partners in the Veterans Upward Bound Program, all of which Mountwest does.

Staff from other schools across the country have contacted Payne for recommendations about how to improve their school.

"The only thing that I would tell other institutions is: Don't throw your veterans a barbecue and call yourselves military-friendly, unless you're going to get them a job the next day," Payne told Military Times. "Your program needs to have teeth. It needs to have purpose. If it doesn't, it's just a dog-and-pony show."

Mountwest is now located at its new campus atop Fifth Street hill in Huntington. For more information, go to www.mctc.edu.