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Community colleges recognize, honor veterans

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

Community colleges have planned Veterans Day activities to honor veterans on campus and in the community.

Clark State College (Ohio) has placed 2,000 United States flags at the Springfield campus, the Greene Center in Beavercreek and at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. The POW/MIA flag will be raised at the Springfield Leffel Lane campus.

“We are proud to celebrate and uplift our veterans, military and their families,” said Nina Wiley, assistant vice president of student affairs at Clark State. “We acknowledge the unique challenges our students face and strive to support them holistically as they transition to civilian life.”

The college offers a 50% tuition discount to active-duty military students and their spouses.

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Michigan will have a flag raising and ceremony on Nov. 11.

Rebekah Spencer, president of WCC’s Student Veterans of America Club on campus, will speak during the ceremony. She served in the United States Army and Army National Guard.

“The college and this state have incredible programs to make sure veterans don’t fall through the cracks when it comes to their educational goals,” said Spencer, who is pursuing a Liberal Arts Transfer associate degree. “The message I want people to understand is that it’s imperative for veterans to know they can make a comeback from a traumatic experience on deployments and it not come between them and their educational goals.”

Nearly 500 veteran students are enrolled at WCC.

In New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College will host a Veterans & Family Appreciation Day on Nov. 10. The event will include a resource fair with information on new benefits and programs for vets, veteran-owned business support, education benefits and veterans’ family services.

Later that day, the college will host a reception to highlight the national “So Proudly She Served Portrait Series” in the Main Entrance at the college. In conjunction with the national exhibition, SFCC Veterans Legacy Grant Program will also feature information about eight New Mexico women interred at Santa Fe Veterans National Cemetery.

Other events

  • Earlier this week, East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) held its annual Military Tribute. EMCC board member Frank Nichols, a decorated veteran, spoke.
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s weekly Tuesdays@TheTech session had a special focus this week: providing personalized guidance to veterans and their families enrolling at Ivy Tech.
  • A job and resource fair for veterans will be held Nov. 10 at San Diego City College. The event is being hosted by the Veterans Employment Committee of San Diego. More than 1,000 job seekers are expected and approximately 100 employers will be in attendance.
  • Pasadena City College has events all month to recognize veterans, including a Nov. 10 veterans ceremony, a Nov. 15 ice cream social and a veterans “friendsgiving” dinner on Nov. 17.


AACC 21st Century Center Staff

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