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* Shoreline top 6 in U.S. for veterans

Shoreline Community College is one of the top-ranked community colleges in the U.S. when it comes to helping veterans.

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“I’m very proud of the work we do in providing a welcoming atmosphere and the services needed to help our military veterans make a successful transition,” said Shoreline President Lee Lambert, who served in the U.S. Army.

In the most recent rankings issued by the Military Times, Shoreline placed sixth among community colleges from across the nation. Shoreline was noted for being at or below the annual tuition assistance cap for military benefits, having relaxed residency rules, accepting ACE credits and having a veterans office.

The veterans office is a point of pride for Shoreline’s program director, Kim Thompson.

“We got a $370,000 federal grant in 2010 to help our returning veterans,” Thompson said. “It is important that veterans have a place to go on campus where they know they will find support and familiar surroundings. We established a Veterans Center so our veteran students have such a place.”

Equally important are the people who staff the center, Thompson said.

Shoreline has a veteran and former student, Chad Springer, as program coordinator for the center and the on-campus Veterans Club. Springer has successfully navigated the transition from military to civilian life which helps when it comes to interacting with incoming veteran students.

Thompson said she appreciates the recognition by Military Times.

“We have great people working hard to help make the transition as smooth and successful as possible for the men and women who have served our country,” Thompson said.

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