Thomas Nelson Receives 'Military Friendly' Designation for 2017 | Thomas Nelson Community College

Thomas Nelson Receives 'Military Friendly' Designation for 2017

February 9, 2017
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Thomas Nelson Community College has earned the Military Friendly® School designation for 2017, by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur® magazines. This is the eighth consecutive year Thomas Nelson has been awarded the designation.

Thomas Nelson is consistently working on new programs and initiatives to enhance and expand opportunities for armed forces-affiliated students, who represent one of every five students at Thomas Nelson, including an effort to increase the award of academic credit for military training and education.

 “Thomas Nelson has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure service members, military retirees and veterans receive the credit they deserve for their armed forces training,” said (Ret) Air Force Major Gary Pounder, director of Contract Credit and Military Affairs at Thomas Nelson.  “We are one of five schools within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) that have been evaluating military career fields and training courses for academic credit.  We’ve made a lot of progress over the last year, but a lot of work remains.”

The project will lead to an online portal that will allow military students to upload their transcripts and quickly see how their credits can be applied to programs at Thomas Nelson.

Additionally, Thomas Nelson is implementing a mentoring program for service-affiliated students and veterans, which will allow military members and veterans to help each other navigate the maze of higher education.

Also, Thomas Nelson is one of seven VCCS institutions awarded funding for creation of a veteran’s liaison position and upgrades to campus veteran’s centers.  The initiative was strongly supported by Governor McAuliffe and members of the General Assembly.

For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard forcompanies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. This year 1,273 Military Friendly® Schools were recognized for their support of the military community.

The Military Friendly® Employers and Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey.  The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with an independent advisory council of educators and employers, and tested by EY based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free.

For more information on the military academic credit project, please contact Gary Pounder at (757) 825-2938 or For information or questions about the veterans mentoring program, please contact Melanie (Mel) Cecere at (757) 825-2860 or