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Blackstone Career Institute Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List – Eighth Consecutive Year!

November 2016: Blackstone Career Institute is proud to announce that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Many online school programs are available today.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

When asked what he thinks makes Blackstone Career Institute a Military Friendly® School, President Kevin McCloskey said “Along with my faculty and staff, we are honored to be named for the 8th consecutive year to this distinguished list. Whether potential students are active duty military members looking for a civilian career to transition into, or are military spouses looking for a portable career that can travel with them, our faculty and staff want to ensure that they have the tools necessary to meet their educational goals. Our portable online career programs are appealing to military and military spouses who deal with unpredictable schedules, moving from base to base, and deployment”.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media,

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

About Blackstone Career Institute:

Located in Allentown, PA, privately licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, Blackstone offers online career training programs. Blackstone is one of the oldest distance learning schools in the country, an institution that has demonstrated unwavering commitment to providing students with access to affordable education for over 125 years. Online school programs offer wonderful opportunity for career growth. For more information about Blackstone’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit us at:

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate.

About Victory Media:

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM Jobssm and Military Friendly® brands.