WSCC Assists Veterans in Transition from Service to College

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20140717 carrie thrash-veteransWashington State Community College (WSCC) is a "Military Friendly School", offering veterans the opportunity to go to college during or after their service. The adjustment from serving the country to attending college classes can be difficult, and WSCC is here to make it easier. Veterans have had specialized training, education, and have learned the dedication it takes to succeed. These skills can be very helpful when beginning post-secondary study at Washington State Community College. Servicemen and women are offered a wide variety of educational assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Transfer of Benefit, and Veterans Vocational Rehab.

Washington State Community College recently held a Veterans Outreach Event in which local VFW member Ronnie Davis, Quartermaster, District Quartermaster, and Junior VP and Carrie Pfiefer, Student Veteran Liaison, the Chillicothe Veteran's Center, and American Red Cross were in attendance. All departments at WSCC were represented as well. Ms. Pfiefer stated that "student veterans are not typical students. They are older, have more experience, and some are coming from combat situations. While they are transitioning to civilian life, they may be balancing a job and family too." Veterans may not know all the available resources that are in the area to assist them with their transitions. The VFW is working closely with schools to develop a relationship that will further the support that veterans need. The staff at Washington State Community College can assist service members with obtaining their benefits, financial aid, advising and scheduling. There are over forty veteran students enrolled at WSCC. Making sure that they know what is available to them as far as benefits and financial aid is a priority. The VFW offers scholarships such as "Help a Hero" and the "Rural Benefit." Also, the Yellow Ribbon can help as well. 1StudentVeteran will respond to inquiries made by veterans within 24 hours. Service members can call or log on to their website at 1StudentVeteran.org for help in understanding their benefits. Reaching out and working with military programs, and developing a relationship with those programs, is the key to veteran student success.

At Washington State Community College, members of the military will receive individual advising, be able to convert military education to college credit, have opportunities to connect with other veterans on campus, and receive specialized skills development and career training opportunities. The Veterans Administrator Certifying Official, Shannon Venezia at WSCC highly recommends joining the Veterans Club which is made up of active-duty, National Guard, reserve, veterans, and veterans' family members. Communicating with other veterans on campus can ease the transition from service to college. Regular notifications are sent to veterans and the WSCC campus community as a whole in regards to meeting times and locations.

Washington State Community College offers the following tips for service members considering a college education: gather up your VA paperwork, turn in your WSCC application, apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA, meet with your academic advisor at WSCC, use your certified military transcript to possibly receive college credit, meet other veterans on campus and join the WSCC Veteran's Club, and develop career training skills. All branches of the U.S. military prepare servicemen and women to make a positive impact in their community and enter high-demand careers. A few of those fields of study at WSCC are: Business/Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, and Nursing.

For 41 years, Washington State Community College has provided residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley the opportunity to realize dreams, to enhance skills, and to broaden understanding. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to move your life in a new direction, Washington State has the classes to suit your needs. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716. Fall Semester classes begin August 18th.

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