Victory Media names Central Piedmont a 2018 “Military Friendly School”

last modified Oct 18, 2018 11:06 AM

For the seventh time in eight years, Central Piedmont Community College has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. This year, the college earned the organization’s Bronze Award, which suggests that its programs scored within 30 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.

Central Piedmont served more than 1,800 veterans through its degree and non-degree programs during the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result of this accomplishment, Central Piedmont will be listed in Victory Media’s upcoming “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” listing, scheduled to be published this fall.

“Central Piedmont is committed to serving veterans and military families in our community,” said Nicholas Riggins, director of Central Piedmont’s Center for Military Families & Veterans. “The 2018 Military Friendly award further demonstrates our compassion and commitment to our student veterans as we strive to provide them with access to education benefits within a supportive environment.”

Ted Williams, a student veteran at Central Piedmont, is currently taking advantage of the Center’s many services. The Army vet chose to attend Central Piedmont after learning about the strength of its Center for Military Families & Veterans and the transferability of the college’s credit hours to other four-year schools in the area.

“The Center has been integral in helping me build my confidence as a student,” said Williams. “I decided to pursue a degree at 32 years old, which can be a bit intimidating, but with the help of the Center’s staff and fellow students, I was able to focus on my studies and alleviate the stress associated with re-entering civilian life. The center’s staff was there for me – assisting with my VA benefits, counseling me on important next steps and offering academic advice. The staff’s passion for service was invaluable and their commitment to making me feel welcomed was reassuring. I couldn’t have landed in a better place.”

Williams will graduate from Central Piedmont this fall with an Associate in Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university next year to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Helping students like Williams adjust to college life is just one of the many reasons why Central Piedmont is being recognized with the “Military Friendly School” distinction.

Victory Media invited colleges and universities from across the U.S. to complete a survey detailing their strength in the following criteria areas: student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence, loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. While close to 1,400 schools participated in the 2018-2019 survey, only 941 made the final list.

The “Military Friendly Schools” list provides military and veteran students with a way to identify which schools offer them the most benefits.

To view the complete list of honored schools, please visit