Veteran services

GRCC Student Alliance Dedicates Town Hall to Discuss Veterans Services on Campus

New installation of a wooden GRCC wall on the 4th floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. (Breegan Petruska/The Collegiate Church)

By Tara Black

Jhe Grand Rapids Community College Student Alliance invited Patrick Coleman, GRCC Veteran Success Coordinator, Janice Holton, Veteran Benefits Coordinator, and Valerie Butterfield, Registrar of Veterans Services, to discuss services and benefits available to college veterans on Thursday, November 4.

Veterans Services is offered to support student veterans, as well as their families. This includes assistance with developing tuition payment plans, one-on-one counselling, workplace study positions for veterans and Following.

The Veterans Service Center has received a grant in January 2021 of $450,000 to help build a brand new center – which has also helped expand their team to better help students.

Coleman noted that Veterans Services is there to “help, help and help (student veterans)”.

An upcoming event that veteran students can participate in is a sticker contest. This is where everyone will write their name and what branch they served in – and whichever branch has the most names attached to it will win.

A competition like this is meant to help veteran students adjust to the transition of civilization.

“Army to civilization can be tough,” Holton said.

The purpose of events like the Sticker Contest is to allow veterans to be surrounded by people they can connect with on a deeper level while creating an opportunity for student veterans to build relationships with others. .

The Veterans Services Center is located in Room G2 of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.