Lakeland Community College earns military-friendly school designation again – News-Herald


Lakeland Community College officials announced that the school has been granted the 2022-2023 Military Friendly School designation.

It’s the ninth time Lakeland has been recognized, the college confirmed, and the first since 2017.

Institutions that achieve military-friendly school designation are evaluated using public data sources and proprietary survey responses.

According to the organization, more than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey, of which 665 won special awards for exceeding the standard.

The list of military-friendly schools will appear in the May and October issues of “GI Jobs” magazine and can be viewed at

The methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory, a small business owned by veterans with disabilities, with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruiting community.

Program officials note that final grades are determined by combining the results of the institution’s survey with an assessment of its ability to meet student retention, graduation, placement, reimbursement loan, persistence (advancement or degree transfer) and default rates for all students and, in particular, for veteran students.

“Military Friendly is committed to ensuring transparency and providing consistent, data-driven standards in our (designation) process,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships. “Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that improve the educational landscape and provide opportunities for the military community.

“It creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to constantly evolve and invest in their programs,” she added. “Schools that earn the award designation demonstrate true commitment to their efforts, going above and beyond that standard.”

Lakeland Veterans Center Director S. Rhonda Osagie-Erese said the college is once again proud to receive the designation.

“Our team works hard to provide our veteran students and military-related students with a variety of resources, both academic and personal, to help them succeed,” she added. “Being recognized for our efforts reinforces our dedication and commitment. »

For more information about Lakeland’s student veteran programs, contact Veterans Center Director S. Rhonda Osagie-Erese at 440-525-7529 or visit


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