SCTCC ranked 2nd in "Best for Vets"

Best for Vets
November 29, 2016

St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) is pleased to announce that it is ranked second on the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Career & Technical College 2017” list.

The annual, nationwide list is compiled after colleges take part in a detailed survey for a chance to be recognized in the publication’s rankings. The Military Times also analyzes federal data and compares key metrics from the Education Dept., Veterans Affairs Dept. and Defense Dept. in choosing which schools are best for veterans looking to further their education. Institutions are evaluated in five categories, listed from most to least important: culture, student support, academic outcomes/quality, academic policies, and cost/financial aid.

The list focuses on helping veterans find schools that provide small classes, individual help and degrees they can earn quickly that will result in high-paying jobs. SCTCC received four stars in staff support and extracurriculars; those high ratings combined with small class sizes helped SCTCC rise to second from the number five spot in 2016.

SCTCC was singled out for its program that reviews military record and transcripts for overlap in the veterans’ degree programs to give credit for prior learning, which shortens the time to a degree.

"One of the advantages of a technical college and a community college for veterans is the ease with which they can use their military education to receive credits," said Kelly Halverson, SCTCC Dean of Natural and Health Sciences.

For the full “Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2017” list and survey methodology, visit

One-hundred-fifty-four military vets were enrolled at SCTCC in 2015. Veterans who are interested in enrolling at SCTCC should visit for more information.

Military Times an independent source for Service Members and their families for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives. Military Times is published by Sightline Media Group. Throughout its history, the company has a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the U.S. military, the global defense community, the U.S. federal government, and several special interest, defense-oriented industry sectors.

Kate Wallace