Monroe County CC Named Military Friendly: Monroe County Community College has been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools that honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The list is compiled by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The Military Friendly Schools Web site, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology. Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the state of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to provide a variety of higher educational opportunities to enrich the lives of the residents of Monroe County. The Main Campus is located on South Raisinville Road in central Monroe County. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, near the Ohio-Michigan border. Information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.
Michigan Recognizes GM’s Local Environmental Leadership: General Motors continues to lead all Michigan organizations in Neighborhood Environmental Partner awards, receiving six more acknowledgements of superior community environmental projects and partnerships from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This year’s winners are Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Orion Assembly, Warren Transmission, Flint Assembly, Romulus Engine and Flint Metal Center. GM has won more of these awards than any other Michigan organization since the competition began in 2007. These sites integrate into communities GM efforts to reduce its worldwide facilities’ environmental impact through energy efficiency, resource preservation and waste reduction. All participated in GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) by monitoring rivers with local students and examining significant watershed impacts. All celebrated Earth and Arbor Day with activities like tree plantings and butterfly house builds, many of which involved collaboration with area schools. Three plants feature areas certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, which are developed to enhance and protect wildlife and educate people on conservation. Two plants are landfill-free, contributing zero waste to landfills. The winning six plants also work with the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Flint Classical Academy, the Michigan Forest Association, the Clinton River Watershed Council, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Friends of the Rouge, Eaton Conservation District, Waste Management Eagle Valley Landfill, Michigan Audubon Society and Greater Lansing Adventist School. To be eligible for the Neighborhood Environmental Partner award, an organization must be a designated Clean Corporate Citizen and Pollution Prevention Partnership facility. Recipients are compliant with all applicable state environmental regulations and improve their immediate environments and communities.