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CCRI chosen for VetSuccess program
Oct. 14, 2010
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen the Community College of Rhode Island as one of eight schools nationwide for its VetSuccess on Campus pilot program. The program assigns on-campus VA counselors to help veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill make the most of their educational opportunities.
This pilot program, which began at the University of South Florida, Cleveland State University and San Diego State University, places an experienced vocational counselor at colleges to provide outreach, support and assistance with VA benefits to veterans, active duty military and dependents. CCRI is one of two community colleges and three four-year colleges and universities added in this second phase of the program.
Micaela Black, CCRI’s new VetSuccess counselor, arrived at CCRI on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and is available to meet with students from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Liston Campus in Providence.
“The arrival of Ms. Black creates a huge opportunity for our veterans,” says Ronald Schertz, associate vice president for Student Services. “The VetSuccess program will be a valuable complement to the successful veterans’ services already offered at the Community College of Rhode Island, which has an historical commitment to helping those who have served our country.”
Though located on the Liston Campus, Ms. Black will help student veterans from all CCRI locations, which on average includes about 400 students per semester. She can explain students’ educational benefits, assist students with finding employment and electing health care benefits, and locate community resources as needed, as well as provide guidance in other areas.
CCRI also has an active on-campus student veterans’ organization. The Students Veterans Club provides a network of support for military veterans, their families and supporters. Secondly, the club educates the college community about the experiences of military veterans and works with the college administration to meet the needs of current and prospective student veterans.
Being added to the VetSuccess program comes shortly after G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned business, named CCRI one of the 2011 military friendly schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the U.S. that are doing the most to welcome America’s veterans as students.
More information about the VetSuccess program can be found on the program’s website.