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PBSC maintains top 10 rankings for veterans services

The Veterans Success Center on Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus.

Palm Beach State College has earned national top 10 rankings from two prestigious military publishers for the third consecutive year. Military Times and VIQTORY have placed PBSC third and fourth respectively on their lists of the best higher education institutions for veterans, which in turn makes PBSC the highest-ranking Florida school in its category.

Announced this week, VIQTORY has again designated PBSC a Gold “Top 10” Military Friendly® School, the highest level possible, and maintained the College’s rank as fourth among large public postsecondary institutions in the U.S. Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of VIQTORY’s G.I. Jobs magazine and can also be found at www.MilitaryFriendly.com.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey, with 625 schools earning the designation from every state in the country.

On Military Times’ Best for Vets: 2020 Colleges list, PBSC moved up from seventh place to third among two-year institutions nationwide. The annual list, now in its 10th year, was published in October and is based on the results of Military Times’ rigorous, in-depth survey completed by colleges and universities across the country. Institutions were evaluated in five categories: college culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and outcomes, and cost and financial aid. Military Times also factors in a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

“The credit goes beyond our department,” said Luis Torres, PBSC’s veterans affairs manager. “We could not have maintained this level of excellence if it weren’t for the support of our network of advocates across the College and throughout the county and state. Because of their ongoing efforts, we are able to lift up our student veterans and help them reach educational, personal and professional success.”

With Florida having the third-largest veterans population in the country, PBSC has placed renewed emphasis on assisting veterans, military service members and their families. In 2018, Palm Beach State opened a comprehensive 2,300-square-foot facility on its Lake Worth campus. Called the Veterans Success Center, it features a lounge for social and recreational activities, computer lab, study areas, conference room and offices for full-time staff. The other four campuses have dedicated centers and/or staff, so that PBSC student veterans can access academic and career advising, financial aid, VA education benefits processing, tutoring, mentoring and disability services. PBSC also supports three Student Veterans of America chapters and sponsors many events and programs for its student veterans and the community.

For more information about PBSC’s Veterans Services department, call 561-868-3380 or visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/VeteransServices.

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