El Paso Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) is planning to make a Veteran Resource Center.
Courtesy of Beto O'Rourke Congress Committee
Beto O'Rourke along with the Panel of Candidates for District 16 at the EPCC SGA Debate
The idea came when SGA attended the annual National American Student Government event which was held in Washington D.C.
The SGA flew to the nation’s capital on Sept. 30 and came back Oct. 5.
While there SGA learned how increase student involvement in what happens on campus as well as other issues on campus. They learned new organization skills that will help them be more efficient in different areas.
While there SGA also attended a substance abuse rally that featured various guest speakers ranging from Steven Tyler of Aerosmith to Dr. Oz.
SGA is involved in overseeing all club activities for EPCC.
“The Student Union on EPCC’s Valle Verde campus was completely funded by the Student Government Association.” Kharisma James, Student Government Association Student Representative, said.
The students that were chosen to go on the trip had to meet certain criteria to be considered.
“Those that contributed and had accomplished certain things. For example each student had to have 25 hours a month of office work, community service and helping with school events,” James said.
The students that accomplished this were then chosen to go to Washington D.C.
While in Washington D.C. SGA met with Congressman Beto O’Rourke to take a tour around the capital as well as discuss the Veteran issues on the EPCC campus.
“There is a high dropout rate from veterans. Some have different injuries which include PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome]. While others haven’t been in school for a while and certain skills, like math and writing, aren’t on college level.
While some are also having a hard time adjusting from military to civilian life,” James said.
These are some of the reasons why SGA is planning to make a Veteran Resource Center.
EPCC has approached our Congressman O’ Rourke about securing a grant to help fund the possible Veteran Resource Center.
SGA is waiting for a response from O’Rourke to see if EPCC will get the grant to build the Veteran Resource Center.
“The Resource Center will help support veterans for all issues they might have. Whether it’s personal or financial,” James said.