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November 15, 2019

Ocean County College Makes Military Times ‘Best for Vets’ List

american flag with 2020 Military Times Best for Vets Colleges logo

TOMS RIVER, NJ — For the past decade, Military Times has conducted an extensive, editorially independent, objective study evaluating the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families, including new and innovative approaches to supporting student veterans. Ocean County College is proud to announce that Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 rankings included OCC.

“We are thrilled and encouraged to be recognized for our efforts to facilitate the best education possible for veterans and members of the military right here at OCC,” said Ocean County College President Jon H. Larson.

To compile this year’s list, Military Times surveyed hundreds of colleges and universities from across the country on policies related to military and veteran students, academic outcomes, military-supportive cultures, and other factors.

In 2018, OCC’s total student population of 8,176 included 329 veterans or service members. All military and veteran students are assisted through the College’s Veteran and Military Resource Center, headed up by Veteran Coordinator Ryan Luurtsema, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

The V.M.R.C. provides social, educational, recreational, academic, and advocacy support services; mentoring; leadership opportunities; and transition workshops and coaching, all designed to ensure the well-being, success, retention, and graduation of veterans, service members, and family members.

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