For Immediate Release
February 13, 2019


Suffolk A 2019-20 Military Friendly School

Military friendly school designation

Suffolk County Community College has been named a 2019-20 military friendly school by militaryfriendly.com. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. This year 766 schools earned the prestigious designation.

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.

“Before Suffolk County Community College I️ longed for guidance about how to gain the skills needed to be successful after my Marine Corps career. Suffolk County Community College gave me more than a pathway to excellence, it gave me a family to help me with the hurdles during my transition to civilian life,” said former Marine Corporal Josiah Mena, 29, who graduated from Suffolk and now attends Hofstra University where he is studying psychology.

Air National Guard Master Sergeant Gerald Kurz of the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach said he earned his degree with the help of Suffolk County Community College. “I attended classes at Suffolk during the fall semester of 2018. In the spring I was deployed to Iraq and finished three more classes. My instructors understood my needs and assisted me when I needed help,”

Master Sergeant Kurz said. Suffolk County Community College has a long history of assisting veterans not only in maximizing their benefits, but also in supporting a successful transition to college life and helping them achieve their educational and personal goals.

Suffolk County is home to more than 75,000 veterans -- the most in New York State, and Suffolk County Community College has more than 700 military-connected students enrolled. Suffolk also offers courses at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard base, home of the 106th Rescue Wing, in Westhampton Beach.