President’s Message to Students November 2013

Nov 5, 2013

November is an important month for the campus with various events, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day coming upon us. Did you know that EMCC has over 120 student veterans attending this fall? EMCC, like many colleges, has its roots in the GI Bill and has had a tradition of serving veterans since its founding in 1966. The GI Bill, a federal bipartisan law, was created to help soldiers coming home who have served our country be trained and educated for current and future jobs. EMCC is proud to continue to serve the needs of our student veterans as they pursue technical and liberal arts careers.

During the last week I had the opportunity to meet with the Student Veterans Club President Scott Mitchell, who proposed that the group of student veterans at the college take steps to be recognized as a national club and that EMCC move to become formally recognized as a Student Veteran Friendly Campus. The process to achieve this status has already begun, and the members of the Student Veterans Club will have a dedicated lounge for their use in Katahdin Hall. In addition, through the campus AmeriCorp program we have hired Kerry Marino, Veteran Outreach Coordinator along with two Veteran Outreach Assistants to assist student veterans with challenges they might be having with maximizing their benefits or adjusting to college life.

Next time you see a student veteran on campus, thank them for their service to our country. My promise and the promise of this college is that we will serve them well while they attend EMCC and will continue to help them and all students succeed here.

Have a reflective and enjoyable month of November.

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