When we talk about the great work that goes on at CCBC, those listening might consider it bragging. But when others talk about the great work we do at CCBC, we call that confirmation!
Just before the holiday, CCBC received a special award known as the Kohlberg Prize to Community Colleges for Excellence in Veterans Education. Presented by the Kisco Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization that champions issues affecting student-veterans, this award came with an $80,000 check to enable CCBC to further enhance its rich repertoire of veteran services.
Recently recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, an originator of Military Friendly® education and career resources for veterans, CCBC serves nearly 800 student-veterans throughout its campuses. A dedicated Veteran Services Center housed on each CCBC campus serves as a valuable resource to this population, providing assistance with regard to VA benefits and financial aid, access to a VA psychologist for mental health needs, access to computers for studying and completing homework, and even a place to congregate and enjoy time with other veterans.
This new grant will enable the college to expand its veterans’ programming. Plans are underway to launch a Veteran Ambassador program to help acclimate student-veterans to CCBC resources and services. Also under consideration is a Veteran Mentorship program designed to match student-veterans with Fortune 500 company mentors for networking opportunities and career insight.
Veterans are an important part of our college community; we value the depth of experience and breadth of knowledge they bring to our classrooms and campuses. Helping to make their transition from combat to the classroom as seamless as possible has always been a CCBC priority. Now, thanks to the Kisco Foundation, our college is positioned to do even more for the veterans who find themselves transitioning not only to a civilian role, but that of a student as well.
Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.