A grand opening for our grand veterans

June 28, 2016

 

El Paso Community College is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Veteran’s Resource Center on July 1.

 
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Student Services Center at EPCC’s Valle Verde campus in Room 139.  


The center will be beneficial for veterans who are having a hard time readjusting to civilian life.

 

 

Jazmin Chavez / Tejano Tribune

The new Veterans Resource Center office.

 

 

Not only will it help them adjust from active service to being a civilian, but it will also help prepare them for the academic setting that comes with college. 


“One of the biggest challenges facing combat veterans is the social isolation they feel when they return from combat.  Many  veterans have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, much less adjusting to the academic rigor and social atmosphere of a college.  


Therefore, the new center offers computers, a printer, coffee, water, a microwave and TV. In addition, informal meeting areas for students to congregate and talk candidly with other veteran students,” said Arvis C. Jones, Director of Student Services and Campus Life.


Though the center is extremely new, it will be used as a one-shop-stop. 


It will be used to help veterans register for classes, learn how to request benefits (such as The Hazelwood Act, The Montgomery GI Bill and other Veteran’s Affairs programs). 


It will also help veterans with community referrals, peer-to-peer support and the book exchange program. 


There will also be a number of workshops available to help veterans take the necessary steps in their education and them achieve their desired academic goals. 


“Our goal is to embrace the veterans, military service members and family members to ensure their success at EPCC,” said Jones. 


With many veterans having difficulty finding work after active duty, this center will be a crucial halfway point. 


With the unemployment rate slowly on the rise from staggering levels, this center will be a good way for veterans to secure a more positive future.


The celebration will include a College and Veteran Community Resource fair and a special program of guest speakers. 


The event will start with a welcome by Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. After the grand opening, the center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.    
    
 

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