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CFCC honored for helping student veterans

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A timely honor for Cape Fear Community College. As we approach Veterans Day, "G.I. Jobs" magazine recently named CFCC a "military-friendly school." It's a title only about 20 percent of colleges and universities receive.

As veterans affairs coordinator at Cape Fear Community College, helping a student veteran register for classes is just one of Bob Philpott's many duties.

"What we are trying to do is assist the transition from military life to academic and civilian life, and it's the whole college, the business office, the student development office, testing all the services we offer," Philpott said. "We want to make them military-friendly."

It seems to be working.

"The staff is very pro-military here, so it's been a nice transition for me to come out of the military and come to a school such as this," Navy veteran and CFCC student David Mason said.

That dedication to the men and women who fought for our country is why CFCC a plaque naming it a military-friendly school for 2012.

Many veterans also take advantage of the Veterans Center here on campus, which will turn a year old on Veterans Day.

"When I first got here, this place looked like a cave," Mason said. "Now we've got coffee, we've got computers, we've got printers."

At the Veterans Center students get help with their VA benefits and choosing classes. It's also a place to mingle with others who know what it's like to serve in the military. That's something student and reserve Marine Zachary Maditz appreciates.

"It makes it nice, because we can come in and read the 'Army Times,' 'Marine Corps Times,' and then there are other service members in here we can talk to, you know, tell stories," Maditz said. "It just make you feel a little more comfortable being around other people that are in the military."

That's the goal CFCCwas aiming for. It's a goal now recognized nationally.

"To receive the recognition that we're doing a pretty good job means a lot to us, and hopefully we'll let the veterans know that we're trying really hard to do that," Philpott said.

An estimated eight percent of the CFCC student population are veterans or family members of veterans.

CFCC plans to recognize all area veterans at a special ceremony tomorrow at noon in the courtyard of the downtown campus.

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