9th District Delegation’s ‘Combat to College Act’ Passes Senate Committee

Ocean County College Named ‘Best for Vets’ By Military Times
By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Nov 27, 2019

Ocean County — A bill that would make it easier for military service members and veterans to register for classes at public institutions was recently approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee. The “Combat to College Act” – S-244 and A-790 – was introduced by Sen. Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, of the 9th Legislative District.

“Granting priority course registration to our veterans at state colleges and universities is appropriate when considering the sacrifices these individuals have and continue to make in the course of their service to our country,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “The ‘Combat to College Act’ is a component of the continuing policy commitment to improve veterans’ access to higher education opportunities.

“Veterans deserve to be moved to the front of the line,” they added. “Moreover, this status would be most beneficial to active service members in planning their class schedules around their service obligations.”

Members of the 9th District delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs committees to more effectively represent their constituency, a large segment of which is comprised of veterans and their families.

In related news, Ocean County College’s efforts to best support military and veteran students has been acknowledged by Military Times, which named the institution to its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2020” list.

For the past decade, Military Times has conducted an extensive, editorially independent, objective study evaluating the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families, including new and innovative approaches to supporting student veterans.

“We are thrilled and encouraged to be recognized for our efforts to facilitate the best education possible for veterans and members of the military right here at OCC,” said President Jon Larson.

In 2018, OCC’s total student population of 8,176 included 329 veterans or service members. All military and veteran students are assisted through the college’s Veteran and Military Resource Center, which provides social, educational, recreational, academic and advocacy support services; mentoring and leadership opportunities; and transition workshops and coaching, all designed to ensure the well-being and success of veterans, service members and family members.

Learn more about Ocean County College’s military and veteran student services at ocean.edu/veterans-services. —J.K.-H.

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