By Tara Black
The Grand Rapids Community College Student Alliance invited GRCC Veteran Success Coordinator Patrick Coleman, Veterans Benefit Coordinator Janice Holton, and Veterans Services Registrar Valerie Butterfield to discuss the services and benefits offered to veterans at the college Thursday, Nov. 4.
Veteran services are offered to support student veterans, as well as their families. This includes assistance for developing payment plans for tuition, one-on-one advising, Veteran Affairs work-study positions, and more.
The Veteran Services Center received a grant in January 2021 for $450,000 to help construct a brand new center – which also helped expand their team to better help students.
Coleman noted that Veteran Services are here to “assist, aid and help (student veterans).”
An upcoming event that student veterans are going to be able to take part in is a sticker competition. This is where everyone will write their name down and which branch they served in – and whatever branch has the most names attached to it will win.
A competition like that is to help student veterans ease into the transition of civilization.
“Military to civilization can be tough,” Holton said.
The purpose of events like the sticker competition is to allow veterans to be around people they can connect with on a deeper level while creating an opportunity for student veterans to build relationships with others.
The Veterans Services Center is located in room G2 of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.