Cape Fear Community College was just selected as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine for the second year in a row. Of the approximately 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States, only approximately 20% are considered to be the most military friendly by G.I. Jobs magazine.
According to Bob Philpott, CFCC veterans affairs coordinator, CFCC was selected for the list based on a variety of factors, including efforts to assist students in the transition from the military to academic and civilian life. Other factors include quality of education and overall value for students.
CFCC’s student veteran population is on the rise. Philpott stated that CFCC serves 570 military veterans or family members of veterans who are receiving veterans benefits and estimates that there are several hundred more that are not receiving benefits. He says that he expects those numbers to increase in the future.
One of the biggest benefits for student vets at CFCC is the veterans center. Located on the fourth floor of the McLeod Building in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s veterans center offers veteran students a dedicated location to study, get counseling and find answers to questions that affect veterans. Philpott said that many combat veterans have difficulty adjusting back to civilian life after being deployed and the center provides a place where they can talk to each other and get help when they need it.
Philpott said that he is honored that the school was named to the list for a second year in a row.