Veteran Students & Services
MCC is proud to support our military personnel and their families!
It is a privilege to have U.S. Veterans, active duty, reservists and family members among our diverse student body. We value your service and commitment to duty.
Manchester Community College has a long-standing tradition of providing quality education and training to veteran and active-duty personnel and their families. Established as the State Trade School at Manchester in 1945, MCC was founded to train returning WWII soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen for life after military service.
We look forward to welcoming you!
MCC Veterans Center
The MCC Veterans Center, located in Room 264 of our main building, provides a safe environment on campus for all MCC students who are current or former military members, their spouses, and their dependents to study, relax, refresh and socialize.
Veterans Service Team
The Veterans Service Team is committed to providing you with comprehensive coordinated services and support and to help you transfer your valuable skills acquired in the military to civilian life.
Veterans Admissions Counselor & Financial Aid Counselor
Office: Admissions Office
Office: Registrar’s Office
Career & Transfer Development
Office: Suite 248
Student Support Counselor
Office: Learning Commons
1) Getting Started
We strongly suggest you start these processes at least 8 weeks before the start of the semester:
- Learn about the Programs of Study we offer here at MCC. Feel free to schedule a visit to meet with an Admissions counselor in person.
- Apply for Admissions as required by the specific program*.
- Include a copy of your DD214 or 2586 paperwork with your application
- Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA).
- Work with advisors to facilitate placement for English and Math.
- Provide SMART transcripts if you earned any Military credits.
- Provide official college transcripts if you earned previous college credits.
- Apply for COE/NOBE at www.gibill.va.gov. Please note that this process can take a while.
- When admitted to MCC and you have your COE/NOBE letter, you should submit them to the Registrar’s office.
- Register for classes with your Academic Advisor. Once matriculated, you will have the option to register for classes online via SIS after your first semester.
- Plan ahead for payments of classes and fees prior to the semesters’ Payment Deadlines. Veterans benefits and other payment options are accepted.
- Meet with Support Services as needed (see below).
* Some programs have additional requirements for admission. If your program is listed below, please check the program’s page for the additional details:
- Automotive Technology
- Electrical Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Teacher Education
- Medical Assistant
MCC never engages in fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
2) Support Services
Click on each of the support services sections below to view its details.
Admissions counselor Mark McGrath serves as the main point person for you.
- Work with you to answer questions about specific MCC programs, tuition, fees, etc.
- Assist you with scheduling visits and tours of the college.
- Provide a step by step break down of the admissions and financial aid processes.
- Acts as a first point of contact of direction for referring you to other support services on campus.
- Discuss the expectations of being a college student at MCC.
- Help you identify potential career paths as they relate to MCC programs.
The Registrar’s Office is where you can submit appropriate forms such as:
- Find VA Certifying Official
- Submit Certificate of Eligibility
- VA Kicker
- Registration Form (to add/drop classes)
The Registrar’s Office also has computers available for student use to access the Student Information System (SIS) or apply for benefits using the VA’s VONAPP (online application).
Once a semester you must complete MCC’s VA Student Certification Worksheet. Plan ahead; changes may delay processing of your benefits. As the semester progresses make sure to notify a Certifying Official of any CHANGES you make to your class schedule to avoid or lessen overpayments by the VA.
All students are assigned a faculty advisor who:
- Are faculty members based on your major
- Help with course selection
- Provide academic resources and referral
- Assist with academic planning
- Monitor your “Personal Academic Plan” after the College Success Seminar
Military Training & Experience
- The college may grant credit for those military training experiences that are evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and are comparable to course content required in a student’s academic program.
- Prior military learning experiences are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Students may explore standardized testing (CLEP/DSST/Excelsior) to complement military training experiences.
- The General Studies program is a flexible self-designed degree program allowing for the application of prior military and other life learning experiences.
- Students should submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST) for military experience they wish to have evaluated.
- DANTES (Defense Activities for Non Traditional Support) & DSST
DANTES sponsors a wide range of examination programs to assist service members in meeting their educational goals. These examinations are administered on over 500 military installations by the DANTES Test Control Officer (TCO), who is normally the Education Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for the military installation, or by base-sponsored National Test Centers.
The DSST program (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is a series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends 3 semester hours of credit per test.
For more information, please visit: http://getcollegecredit.com/
- ACE (American Council on Education) Credit
Students can gain academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside of traditional degree programs. Manchester Community College accepts ACE exams as reliable course equivalency to facilitate credit award decisions. The ACE military evaluations program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and coordinated through DANTES (above).
For more information, please visit: http://www.acenet.edu
Students are provided opportunities for career exploration, preparation and guidance through support from the Career/Transfer Counselor and a variety of assessments including the Choices Career Software.
Students interested in pursuing further education at other colleges work with the Career/Transfer Counselor to discover the best college fit to further their goals and are assisted in completing the transfer process.
- Career guidance including support for exploration, preparation and development using counseling and variety of assessments.
- Transfer guidance focused on discovery of best fit for future goals, scholarship search and application support.
- Assistance in completing the transfer process.
- Assistance in identifying transferable skills from military to civilian career pathways.
Student Support Services include but are not limited to:
- Assisting in the transition from military to college life
- Helping you negotiate college options
- Short term individual Counseling/Support
- Advocacy in identifying Veterans resources on campus – Veterans Center
- Referral to Veterans Agencies in the community
The Accessibility Coordinator assists disabled students and their families with:
- Academic accommodation within the classroom environment and on campus.
- Advising and address academic success skills such as:
- Time management skills
- Study skills
- Note taking skills.
In addition, the Accessibility Coordinator also works with disabled veterans on:
- Easing the transition into the classroom environment.
- Coordinating disability needs with Veterans Affairs/Vocational rehabilitation case managers.
Students can schedule a consult to discuss and determine reasonable accommodations within the learning environment.
Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) is VA’s approach to reaching out to Student Veterans to help facilitate the transition from Servicemember to Student. The VITAL Initiative is a partnership between the VA Medical Center and local colleges and universities. We’re here to help you navigate your needs and concerns and maximize your unique set of strengths, skills, and life experiences as you develop and translate your interests and talents into an academic setting. Contact: Rebecca.Dodson@va.gov
Manchester Community College is approved by the NHSAA Office to administrate VA Educational Benefits for eligible students. The VA makes eligibility determinations and students that believe they may be eligible for benefits under the GI Bill® should seek determination from the VA. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government Website.
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