Students at Metropolitan Community College- Penn Valley have probably seen Andrew Forbeck’s face before. That’s because if he is not in class, he is helping other students through the peer mentoring program. He is also the president of the Student Government Association and works with a new group called the Student Veteran’s Organization. The group was organized to help make transitioning to college as easy as possible for veterans.
“I am so involved, because I think it’s important to give back to the college that has given me so much. MCC gave me the hope and the knowledge to be successful. I just want to help others,” said Andrew.
Andrew served in the United States Navy from 2009 to 2013. The 24 year old is now earning his associate degree at MCC. He plans to transfer to Southwest Baptist University and study youth pastoral Christian ministries and theology. His goal is to become a college campus minister and counselor.
Andrew says he was able to take a few classes while serving in the Navy, but it was tough because he was working 16 hour days and trying to take classes on top of the long work days.
He said he was nervous to come back to school, but the faculty and employees at Metropolitan Community College helped make Andrew feel comfortable.
“They helped me succeed. Once I was back in the classroom, I knew I had their support and I was confident I could accomplish my goals.”
Metropolitan Community College has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.
Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
“It is our honor to serve the men and women and their families who have served us. These Americans represent the spirit of courage and freedom that has marked our nation and we owe them our gratitude. We thank them not only as individuals, but as an organization. As One MCC, we want to provide a supportive environment that facilitates the accomplishments of our veteran and military students’ educational goals,” said Chancellor Mark James.
Andrew says he is proud to be a student attending a school that cares about veterans.
“I think Metropolitan Community College deserves recognition for how hard they work to make veterans feel comfortable. It is not just the faculty and employees who care about veterans, it’s also the other students. You can really feel the support here.”
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.