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What Student Veterans Mean to Our College

11/6/2013

In Memorium display at the TCC Veteran's Center

Many may not know it, but modern higher education owes a great deal to the military. 

The months and years following the end of World War II was a time of change. With all the veterans returning from war, leadership recognized an opportunity to help transition our nation into the new world order and passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known as the G.I. Bill. The Bill paid educational tuition and board, and made college accessible for many veterans who couldn’t have afforded it otherwise. As a result, tens of thousands of much-needed college educated engineers, teachers, scientists and other professionals were graduated over the next few years and colleges and universities grew and flourished along with the nation’s economy. 

Today, student veterans continue to benefit institutions of higher education everywhere. Their perspective improves each initiative, organization and classroom they participate in. Their maturity and discipline add incalculable value to any student body. 

Almost every decision I’ve made and will continue to make at Tallahassee Community College works back to the end goal of creating a learning environment that produces well-rounded global citizens. We have a responsibility to provide degrees with both market value and social value. We are committed to producing citizens with diversity and distinction who promote democracy and understand service. Veteran students are particularly well-suited for this. They have come to our campus from all paths having made a conscious decision to better their lives. In turn, TCC strives to provide the resources to help them transition back into a meaningful civilian life, including: 

At the TCC Veteran's Center with Student Veterans Association President Ryan McKibbenVeteran’s Affairs​ is a specialized office that provides exclusive services to eligible veterans, dependents, active duty servicepersons, and members of the Selected Reserve. 

The Student Veteran’s Association is a non-political student organization that promotes a welcoming atmosphere for all branches of prior military service and their supporters. They participate in many community events including the Tallahassee Veteran’s Day parade. .

The Veteran’s Center is a recently opened space dedicated to helping veterans in their transition to college. Everything from academic advising to management training to academic tutoring is offered there. 

A dedicated VA adviser is now available two days a week in the Veteran’s Center to facilitate veterans and dependents with VA benefits, GI Bill programs, work study opportunities and more. 

GI benefits programs are available to all veterans and active duty servicepersons with one-on-one guidance offered to help students identify the best program to fit their educational goals. 

It is our honor to be considered a “veteran friendly” college and to be one of the 250 institutions participating in the 8 Keys to Success. Our College will continue to do everything we can to promote those who have served our country. Their stories of dedication and sacrifice are a constant inspiration.  We owe a great debt to them, greater than we can repay. Our sincerest thanks to them.

Jim 


A college is more than a collection of buildings or an online presence. A college is a community—a group of people with the same goal: to learn and to prepare for the future. And a great college is more than just a destination—it is a partner in the success of each student.

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