Veteran services

Are you a veteran? GRCC Veteran Services is available to help you succeed!

GRCC Veterans Center (Photo courtesy of the GRCC)

Elizabeth Preston

GRCC Veterans Services provides support to students as they transition from the military to student life.

Patrick Coleman is the GRCC’s Veteran Success Coordinator and knows firsthand what it’s like to go from “combat to college.” He served in the military and then went to college and wants to help others on their journey. He says: “My thing now is to get ahead, whatever a veteran needs to make sure he does well in school, to do what I can to help him so that he Don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Veterans have unique experiences that they bring into college life. They face challenges, but Coleman thinks they can use them as strengths.

Coleman wants veterans to know that the department has plenty of resources. They can help students find anything from housing to books, and if all campus resources have been exhausted, they have off-campus resources to help veterans succeed.

Coleman says, “My hope is to remove any barriers they may have so they can walk away and say Grand Rapids Community College has helped me break down the barriers so I can focus on my education. »

It is important that veterans contact Janice Holton, the Veterans Benefits Coordinator, to find out about all the benefits they are entitled to. If these benefits are not used, they will expire and will not be available to students.

An important part for veterans is connecting with other veterans at the GRCC. Veterans Services provides opportunities for them to get together, such as game nights and movie nights, which have been successful.

A bi-weekly newsletter is sent by the department to alert students of upcoming activities, deadlines, and other useful information.

“The one main goal is to make sure every veteran feels comfortable, a part of, engaged with, and ultimately knows that this space on campus is there for them no matter what,” Coleman says. .

Veterans Services is located on the G2 floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Learn more here.