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Blue Ridge Community College Earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School Designation

Blue Ridge Community College announced today that it has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation for the second year.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation.

The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic based scoring assessment. We measure the institution’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.

“At Blue Ridge Community College, we are grateful for our veterans and active military and the sacrifices they’ve made for our country, especially during this past year of unprecedented change. We are here to provide elevated services and training that our veterans need to be successful at Blue Ridge and ultimately to help them enter the local workforce in the quickest and most efficient way possible,” stated Blue Ridge President Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood.

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data driven standards in our designation process,” stated National Director of Military Partnerships,Military Friendly®. “This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to consistently evolve and invest in their programs. Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources, and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community.”

For more information about Blue Ridge’s student veteran programs, visit its website at or contact Crystal Smith, Blue Ridge VA Certifying Official at or (828) 694-1815. .

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at

About Blue Ridge Community College:
Blue Ridge Community College is a two-year, post-secondary institution that elevates the educational experience to prepare students for 21st-century success in the workplace or at four-year colleges and universities. Providing real-life, affordable, and accessible education, the College offers more than 100 degrees, diplomas, and certificates; convenient online courses; and fast-tracked job training.

About Viqtory:

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at
For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Blue Ridge Community College
Lee Anna Haney
Public Information Officer
(828) 694-1885

Military Friendly
Kayla Lopez
Military Friendly National Director