Blackhawk Technical College is pleased to announce for the second year in a row it has earned the 2017 silver award as a Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse.
“We are honored to be recognized for the work we do for our students who have served, or who are currently in service to our country,” Michael Olmsted, Veterans Resource Specialist. “These men and women make a valuable contribution to our campus community every day. We’re grateful to be recognized for our service to all of our students.”
First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 Midwestern schools participated in the survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation.
Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media 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.
Awards levels are defined as:
- · Top Gold – ranked list of Top 10 in a category based on numerical score
- · Gold – scored within 20% of the last-ranked (10th) organization
- · Silver – scored within 30% of the last-ranked (10th) organization
- · Bronze – scored within 40% of the last-ranked (10th) organization