Colorado Springs, Colo. – Nov. 22, 2013 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) ranks 5th among the top two-year colleges in Military Times magazine’s Best for Vets: Colleges 2014. PPCC has ranked in the Best for Active Duty Military for 5 years in a row.
The Military Times Best for Vets distinction, new this year, recognizes and rewards colleges for their commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans. Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and availability of specific programs to help service members.
“Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE. The organization placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.
The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
PPCC’s Military and Veterans Program provides support to active duty military, veterans, and their family members from application to the college through graduation. We offer hands on help with registration, program advising, paperwork processing and referral services to other departments in the college and the community.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso County and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.