Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Ridgewater College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Ridgewater College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology. “Pursuit of higher education is a common and important piece of the transition to civilian life for military personnel,” said Ridgewater President Dr. Douglas Allen. “We are proud to have developed an environment that supports the educational success of our military veterans, and proud to have once again been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of Military Friendly Schools.” The 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.” Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in the central Minnesota communities of Willmar and Hutchinson. The college serves over 3,300 full-time equivalent students through its nearly 100 academic programs. The institution is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.