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SCC Named a ‘Military Friendly School’ for 2024-2025


Surry Community College announces it has earned the 2024-2025 designation as a Military Friendly® School, as well as a Gold School distinction for the year. This is the thirteenth year the college has received the honor of being a Military Friendly School.

Gold School distinction means that SCC is rated within 10 percent of the 10th-ranked organization for the small community college category. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School distinction were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2024-2025 survey with 537 of these schools earning special awards for going above the standard.

The 2024-2025 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in a special issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can also be found at

Surry Community College’s Veterans Affairs Specialist, Jay McDougal, is a veteran himself. He served 13 years in the Army. “We are excited to once again be named a Military Friendly School, and especially excited to receive the Gold School distinction. This honor represents our college's commitment, and support to our veterans year after year. We support our veterans and the family members of veterans to the highest degree ensuring that they get the utmost attention while using their VA Benefits,” McDougal said, also noting that veterans use their benefits for curriculum course programs, Basic Law Enforcement Training, and in programs such as Workforce Training and Career & College Readiness.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY, the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

For more information about Veteran Services at SCC, contact Jay McDougal, Veterans Affairs and Financial Aid Specialist, at (336) 386-3245 or

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