CCBC Awarded $80,000 to Enhance Veterans Education
Nov 11, 2015Maryland College Receives Kisco Foundation’s Kohlberg Prize.
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) today received an $80,000 grant to expand and enhance its exemplary educational programs and support services for veterans. Named The Kohlberg Prize To Community Colleges For Excellence In Veterans Education, the grant was awarded by The Kisco Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization that champions issues affecting student veterans.
CCBC received the award at a campus event that featured remarks by Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, CCBC President, Dr. Martha Kanter, former U.S. Under Secretary of Education, and Nancy Kohlberg, wife of the late Jerome Kohlberg, a World War II veteran who was an early champion of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and for whom the Kisco Foundation’s grant is named. They were joined by CCBC student veterans.
CCBC will use the grant funding to plan and pilot new campus initiatives for veteran students, and will also be eligible for additional year-two funding to fully implement new veterans programs.
"To receive the Kohlberg Prize is such a great honor," said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. "Our student-veterans are an important part of our college community adding a unique perspective as well as greater depth to our overall learning environment. At CCBC, we work hard to ensure that transitioning from the military to higher education is a smooth process for our student-veterans. The Kohlberg Prize will give us the resources to provide better outreach and enhance and expand the rich repertoire of services we already offer."
The Kohlberg Prize highlights the good work community colleges are doing around the country to welcome veterans, provide them with a high quality education, and support their job placement and other needs.
“Our nation’s community colleges offer veterans affordable and practical options that provide a true path to meaningful and gainful employment,” said Nancy Kohlberg, Chairman of the Board of the Kisco Foundation. “With this award to CCBC, the Kisco Foundation is pleased to honor one of the best. CCBC provides a wide array of programs and services to support veterans as they transition from the battlefield to the classroom. We hope this award not only supports the expansion of these programs but also inspires similar efforts at other community colleges across the country.”
Through its various programs, CCBC:
- Recruits and trains Veteran Ambassadors to assist in acclimating all veteran students to services and resources;
- Matches new student veterans with successful and experienced mentors from top Fortune 500 companies to help network and provide career insight;
- Offers the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program, which provides educational outreach and mental health services to eligible veterans;
- Maintains a Veteran Success Committee comprised of faculty, staff and student veteran members to address veterans issues and concerns, raise awareness of veterans on campus, sponsor recognition events and provide a source of information for students, staff and faculty regarding veteran matters.
The grant announcement was part of CCBC’s annual Veterans Day event, and was followed by a roundtable discussion on higher education issues important to veterans hosted by Civic Nation, a non-profit organization dedicated to progressive educational policies. The Kisco Foundation works in conjunction with Civic Nation to support President Obama’s “America’s College Promise” initiative to make two years of community college free for responsible students, including student veterans.
The Kisco Foundation also supports student veterans through the Veterans Student Loan Relief Fund, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to qualified active-duty military personnel, veterans and family members who have been misled by for-profit colleges.
*** To see select photographs from the event visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4m29j9zza613oub/AAAe5QXO3-IUTkAnp5HcMBABa?dl=0