Veterans attending Pierce College will soon find it easier to obtain an education because of a recent government grant.
The U.S. Department of Education notified Pierce Sept. 29 that it would receive a three-year, $364,000 grant. The grant is for developing a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on the Fort Steilacoom campus.
The center will be a place where veteran students can come and learn together. They will find various resources there to help them be successful at Pierce and in their transition back into everyday life.
“The Center…will give veteran students a safe and comfortable designated space with a single point of contact to help them navigate their postsecondary education,” said Carol Green, vice president of learning and student success at the Ft. Steilacoom campus.
According to , there is a structured plan for the center.
“There are four key components to the plan: to provide outreach to potential and current veteran students, to provide academic support, wrap around support services for veterans attending Pierce College, and training for faculty and staff around veteran issues,” Green said.
There will be a Veteran Student Success Coordinator and assistants dedicated to veteran student success. These faculty members will provide support for the over 1,100 veteran students at Fort Steilacoom. The center also could help the more than 300 veterans at the Puyallup campus.
Programs through the Center of Excellence for Veteran Success will provide training to staff from both campuses on how to deal with veteran students and their needs.
Patrick Murrell, Access and Disability Services coordinator at the Puyallup campus, said that once the center gets started and becomes sustainable the resources will spread out more.
“In the future, I can foresee more of the services coming here and benefitting us,” he said.
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