Middlesex Community College a military friendly college.

Middlesex Community College Makes 2011 List of Military-Friendly Colleges

LOWELL – Thanks to Middlesex Community College’s Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Advisory Board and other special veterans services, MCC has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

The 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools.

“With Hanscom Air Force Base and Bedford’s VA hospital right in our own backyard, it is indeed an honor for Middlesex to be designated a military-friendly college,” said MCC President Carole Cowan. “Our Student Affairs Division has for years anticipated this wave of veterans who have returned from serving our country overseas and now find themselves back in a classroom, looking to continue their careers.”

“Middlesex understands the challenges veterans face when making the adjustment from life in the military to life on a college campus,” said Pamela Flaherty, MCC Dean of Students. “We know the best people to help with that adjustment are usually fellow veterans who have experienced many of the same issues.”

MCC’s Veterans Advisory Board specifically taps the expertise of veterans already on campus, said Flaherty. And the Veterans Resource Center, under the direction of Burlington’s Richard Reppucci, a Vietnam veteran, is key to making the college more helpful and informative for veterans who want to continue their education after their military assignments.

The List of Military Friendly Schools was compiled by G.I. Jobs, an online magazine that polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience,” said Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board.

For more information, visit, which features interactive tools to assist military veterans in choosing schools. (The site currently shows 2010 Military Friendly Schools, but will switch to the 2011 list in late September.) For further information about G.I. Jobs, visit