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Military Resolutions Passed by BCC Board of Trustees

BCC Military Group

Burlington County College (BCC) enhanced its long-standing commitment and support of the military population with two resolutions signed at the College’s Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The first resolution will allow for members of the military, national guard/reserve, veterans and their dependents to receive in-county tuition rates, regardless of their location, for credit courses at BCC. The second resolution will allow the College to create a scholarship program for civilian spouses/domestic partners of active duty military and activated national guard/reserve to attend courses at BCC.  

“The resolutions are the natural next step in an ongoing effort to strengthen the College’s services to our important military population. Last year, we saw more than 1,700 active duty, guard, reserve and dependents complete more than 11,000 semester hours towards their academic goals,” said BCC President David C. Hespe. “Burlington County College is proud to be a part of the tremendous County support given to the military, and in particular, our neighboring Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where we offered more than 74 courses at an accelerated pace.” 

Ranked number four in the nation for two-year colleges in Military Times magazine’s “Best for Vets: 2013,” a top school in Military Advanced Education magazine’s “2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” for 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine, BCC works to continually champion the brave men and women in our military. Since the early 1970s, BCC has had a presence at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, which is the second largest employer in New Jersey and has a $7.1 billion dollar impact on the economy. 

“The Burlington County Freeholders support all of the efforts that the College and County make to serve our military and veteran population,” said Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly. “These folks risk their lives for us and it is our responsibility to do anything that we can do to make their lives easier.”

A vital academic and administrative component of The Military Education Center, BCC offers programs designed to meet the needs of active duty, guard, reservists and their dependents. Flexible class schedules, including seven and 10-week accelerated courses, weekend courses, and extensive distance education opportunities, accommodate the challenging commitments of our military families. In order to fully support a military student’s academic goals, the College must acknowledge the unique circumstances many of these students face, up to and including relocation for their next assignment.  

“A more educated and better trained workforce is imperative to a healthy local and national economy,” said Joseph Malone, BCC Board of Trustees Chair. “It can be difficult to achieve a balance between serving your country, supporting your family and receiving an education. Anything we can do to help our military families achieve better access to affordable education services, no matter whether they are in Burlington County or serving overseas, we will do.” 

“The Burlington County Chamber of Commerce commends the BCC Board of Trustees for their forward thinking in enacting these programs. It's essential to ensure that the men and women serving at the joint base and their families have access to quality affordable education and this does just that,” said Kristi Howell-Ikeda, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce President. “This action further proves the Burlington County is a welcoming environment for all those serving us.” 

As a complement to the College’s existing military and veteran student support services, BCC wants to ensure that members of the military, national guard/reserve, veterans and their dependents can continue their studies and graduate from BCC even when their country calls. The first resolution allowing in-county tuition rates for these individuals helps accomplish this goal. Attracting and educating active duty and reserve service-members at BCC will also provide local unit commanders an extra tool for personnel retention and advancement.

While active duty military members fight for their countries, their spouses and domestic partners “hold down the fort” and face the everyday battles on the home front. This is just one of the reasons that the College wishes to further extend its support to the civilian spouses/domestic partners of active duty military and activated national guard/reserve by passing the second resolution. Effective for the fall 2013 semester, and upon validation of documented standard credentials by the College, BCC will offer scholarships for a credit course(s) for civilian spouses/domestic partners of active duty members of the military and activated national guard/reserve. Prior to a scholarship being considered, the student is required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a BCC Foundation Scholarship application.