The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has named Macomb Community College as a certified “Veteran-Friendly School.”

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has named Macomb Community College as a certified “Veteran-Friendly School.”

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MCC named as ‘veteran-friendly’; announces class formats for the fall

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published June 5, 2020

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MACOMB COUNTY — In March 2017, Macomb Community College opened the Office of Veteran and Military Services at its South Campus in Warren.

The office serves as a primary point of contact for veterans and active service members from all military branches who are MCC students. It’s there student veterans can receive information about education benefits, student records, employment, financial aid, grants and more.

With such a commitment to veterans, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, or MVAA, has named MCC as a certified “Veteran-Friendly School,” awarding the college gold-level recognition for the 2019-2020 school year. This is the fifth straight year the school has received the award.

The Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes institutions of higher learning for their commitment to support student veterans and their dependents in utilizing their G.I. Bill and navigating other educational resources. It awards status levels of gold, silver, and bronze to institutions that offer veteran services and programs.

The gold, silver and bronze status levels are based on the following criteria: established process for identification of current student veterans; active student-operated veterans association; veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring; on-campus veterans’ coordinator or designated point of contact; system to evaluate and award credit based on prior military training and experience; monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, transfer and graduation rates; and having a veteran-specific website.

When Jessica Tutt decided to pursue a post-secondary education, the military veteran was immediately drawn to MCC.

“It was more attentive to my needs. The overall staff was warm and comforting compared to other places. You feel like you are going to a large university, so they’re prepping you for that, but it’s still a college,” the Madison Heights resident said. “And the Macomb Veteran Services Office is there to help you through the process. The staff, they go over and beyond for us.”

Tutt served in the U.S. military for 11 years; five in the Navy and six in the Army. She served six tours of duty, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. She medically retired in 2014 due to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

“With PTSD, you never know when you’re going to have a moment,” said the single mother, who has a 10-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. At MCC, Tutt has connected with many other military students who understand PTSD. While they regularly meet up at school, they also get together off campus. “It’s an actual family.”

Tutt wasn’t surprised to hear the MVAA recognized the school for assisting veterans.

“Macomb is every bit of it,” she said.

Once Tutt graduates from MCC, she plans to transfer to Wayne State University to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Schedule format announced

In other college news, MCC last month released information regarding the fall semester, which begins Aug. 17. College officials said that to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, all classes will be conducted online at least through Labor Day (Sept. 7). From there, the college will continue monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will only transition to in-person instruction once it is considered to be safe.

“Macomb Community College is committed to providing the high-quality learning experiences necessary to keep our students moving forward during these challenging times and to protecting the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff,” MCC President James O. Sawyer IV said in a prepared statement. “We are hopeful that the incidence of COVID-19 infection will continue its downward trajectory and allow us to safely return to traditional classroom settings. However, we also recognize that we are navigating through fluid circumstances. We structured our fall semester course offerings to ensure that we can seamlessly transition between online and on-ground instruction while preserving the quality and integrity of our courses.”

For the fall semester, the college will offer courses in three formats: hybrid, online and web enhanced.

Hybrid courses are a combination of virtual classroom and face-to-face instruction in a traditional classroom.

Online classes occur entirely in virtual classrooms.

In the web-enhanced courses, all teaching and learning occurs in the traditional classroom, while using online educational tools to support instruction. The web-enhanced classes are primarily in the health and occupational areas.

Registration for the fall semester begins July 6 for current MCC students, with registration for new students beginning July 13.  For more information, visit www.macomb.edu.

MCC South Campus is located at 14500 12 Mile Road in Warren. MCC East Campus is located at 21901 Dunham Road in Clinton Township. MCC Center Campus is located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

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