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Thursday, November 14, 2013

            Tri-County Technical College celebrated the opening of a new veterans center, Patriots' Place, Monday, November 11, in the Student Center, Suite 155.  The center serves as a one-stop shop for enrollment processes, resources and a place to hang out and talk.  In addition, a licensed professional counselor will be available by appointment to give counseling to veterans. "The reason we can stand here today and do what we do is because of the men and women in uniform.  I never forget that and I appreciate it every day," Tri-County Technical College President L. Ronnie Booth, at podium, told a crowd of veterans, students, faculty and staff.


Tri-County Technical College Opens Patriots’ Place

CONTACT:  STEPHANIE WINKLER, 646-1564 or swinkler@tctc.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             11/11/2013

                                                                        (By Lisa Garrett)

         PENDLETON --- "The reason we can stand here today and do what we do is because of the men and women in uniform.  I never forget that and I appreciate it every day," Tri-County Technical College President L. Ronnie Booth told a crowd of veterans, students, faculty and staff as the College celebrated Veterans Day by opening the first veterans center.

            Tri-County veterans needed a place to call their own, said the College's Disabilities Coordinator Stephanie Winkler, who worked to create Patriots' Place, a veterans center that will serve as a one-stop shop for enrollment processes, resources and a place to hang out and talk.  "It will give veterans a home on campus.  Veterans take care of other veterans," she said. 

            In addition, a licensed professional counselor will be available by appointment on Mondays to give counseling to veterans, she said.  "We have more than 200 veterans on all of our campuses.  This will be a place where they can get to know each other, study together, have meetings, and access resources.  Veterans' peers are the biggest support system they have. They rally for each other," she said.

         "We want to staff our center to meet your needs.  Tell us what you need. Let us know how we can help you to get from where you are to where you need to be.  That's my commitment to you," Dr. Booth said.

         Currently the College offers the following services for its veterans: disabilities services, career services, a financial aid veterans coordinator, veterans transfer credit; and a student veterans organization with veteran and adjunct psychology instructor Stacey Frank as faculty advisor. 

         "It is a work in progress and this is a great start.  We will continue to add resources and services.  Eventually, we may be able to expand to a larger location," said Winkler.

         Gene Frank, a Marine Corps veteran and an Anderson city police officer and student, spoke on behalf of Student Veterans President Rhett Keaton, who was unable to attend.  "What is Veterans Day?" he asked.  "To a civilian, it is a day to raise the flag and salute those who have served our country, when many would not.  To the veteran, it is a day to remember all of those moments in time when we were not sure that we would make it out alive.  It is a moment to remember those who did not come home.  It is a day to hold our heads a little higher, because the rest of the world remembers us, too.  Today is a day of remembrance, not just in our great nation but in many nations around the world as it was proclaimed Armistice Day on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour."

         Thousands of veterans turn to college after the service, and their presence at Tri-County is no different, said Frank.  He looks forward to increased services for veterans "so that these students are understood and are able to receive the necessary assistance that allows them success in the classroom as well as in society."

            For more information, contact Stephanie Winkler at 646-1564 or swinkler@tctc.edu.

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