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Friday, June 9, 2023

Job training and placement for military earns award for local college

Underemployment is one of the greatest issues faced by returning veterans — and by their spouses, who often lose ground through constant relocations. Aiken Technical College has earned a national award for programs aimed at reversing that trend and helping them prepare for their education and career.

Aiken Tech has been presented with a Military Friendly® School award by Viqtory’s Military Friendly® brand. This is the 12th consecutive year the College has received the designation. The College also received the Military Friendly® School gold award for exceeding standards.

Final ratings were determined by taking into consideration Aiken Tech’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer), and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“We are honored to be a college of choice for our local military, veterans, and their families,” said Aiken Tech President, Forest E. Mahan, Ph.D.

Aiken Tech offers student veterans access to unique scholarships and sponsorships, an on-campus Veterans Affairs and financial aid specialist, and on- and off-campus development and engagement activities through the Student Veterans Association.

Aiken offers training and job placement programs for military, veterans, and their families.

More than 1,800 schools participated in a survey to earn the Military Friendly® School designation and only 250 were selected for the gold award status determined by a council of independent higher education and military recruitment community leaders.

For more information about Aiken Tech’s student veteran programs, visit

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