The Grand Rapids Community College Veterans Center will unveil its transformation Wednesday, Oct. 6 after months of delay and construction.
Veteran Success Coordinator Patrick Coleman expressed his excitement for the grand opening, but recognizes and understands that the grand opening is not necessarily the mission of what services are offered for veterans on campus.
“I feel there’s a place where student veterans can call their own,” Coleman said. “That’s what makes me feel good about the event on Wednesday. But, it’s not just the event… it’s what follows the event.”
Veteran services are offered to assist with creating a smooth transition for students transitioning from the military attending classes at GRCC. The specialized services provided on campus include one-on-one advising, veteran affairs work-study positions, referrals to campus resources, tutoring services and more.
GRCC’s student veterans are among us in class even when we don’t realize it. However, they are more than just the traditional student, and Coleman dove into the understanding of that thought.
“I don’t want them (student veterans) to feel average,” he said. “I want them to feel special, I want them to feel appreciated, I want them to feel like we really care.
The grand opening will be at 10 a.m. in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall on floor G2, Room 002. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony followed immediately by a tour.
Parking is available in the Bostwick parking ramp and parking passes will be provided at the ceremony.
“The vet center is a place for our student veterans to come and just be them… in that proverbial sense, to let their hair down,” Coleman said.