Kellogg Community College is among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation that are “doing the most to embrace America’s veterans,” according to the latest list of Military Friendly Schools issued by G.I. Jobs magazine.

This marks the fourth consecutive year Kellogg Community College has been included on the list of Military Friendly Schools, which this year includes more than 1,500 institutions.

“These schools offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff,” according to G.I. Jobs.

The list, available at, says Kellogg Community College is an excellent choice for military members because the college “offers small class sizes which ensures a smooth transition to higher education, is active in the Military Affairs Committee, recognizes military members at commencement, offers assistance with military benefits, and provides the educational resources and veterans services that promote, support and enhance veteran success.”

The college is also recognized on the list for offering veteran financial benefits, including military discounts, in-state tuition for nonresidents, credit for military service and training, and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP); flexibility, including evening, weekend and online classes; and veteran support, including a veteran-specific website and no activation penalties for those called up for service.

John Di Pierro, director of Institutional Facilities and Public Safety at Kellogg Community College and secretary of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee, said the designation shows the community how committed the college is to veterans and to encouraging them to continue their education.

“For veterans, both current and past, this is a place where they can come and get support,” Di Pierro said. “It’s a community that’s open to them to help them meet their educational needs.”

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools designation precedes the start of the college’s VetSuccess on Campus program, which will be hosted in conjunction with Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University beginning this fall to provide additional veteran support on each campus.

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About G.I. Jobs’ list of Military Friendly Schools

G.I. Jobs’ 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools is driven by results from a survey including questions determined by a Military Friendly Schools Academic Advisory Board consisting of 12 higher education administrators, a representative from the Student Veterans Association and the 2011 Military Spouse of the year.

Research findings were compiled and weighted for a final score across categories including nonfinancial veterans support on campus, veteran tuition assistance, percent of military students, academic credit for military service, academic credibility, flexibility for military students, government approvals, student surveys, military spouse policies and military student graduation rates.

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About Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College was founded in 1956 by the Battle Creek Board of Education. It serves approximately 15,000 students yearly. The college, situated on sites in Battle Creek, Albion (Eastern Academic Center), Coldwater (Grahl Center), Hastings (Fehsenfeld Center) and Fort Custer Industrial Park (Regional Manufacturing Technology Center), offers nearly 100 pre-professional college/university transfer curricula, approximately 40 occupational associate degree programs aimed toward job preparation, and related training for apprenticeships.

The college is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (, 312-263-0456).



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