Central Arizona College (CAC) – S.E.E.4VETS has pledged $13,960 to assist in funding a new Veterans Center at the college, Signal Peak Campus, and has already disbursed $10,000. On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, CAC and S.E.E.4VETS held a check presentation ceremony. This funding would cover all remodeling expenses and provide a complete suite of office and equipment furnishings for the new Center. Of the funds pledged, the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), Tucson Chapter 442 provided a $5,000 donation to S.E.E.4VETS to apply toward the CAC Veteran Center.
Jackie Elliot, CAC President expressed her appreciation, “CAC is proud to partner with S.E.E.4VETS to assist veteran students. They have a proven history of helping veterans be successful in college, and their passion and dedication is admirable.” CAC currently serves more than 200 veteran and active military students each year.
In the photograph from lt. to rt. are Mike Dyer, Sr. Vice-Commander, MOPH; John Moore, Adjutant, MOPH; Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS, USAF, Lt. Gen. (Ret.); Dr. Luis Sanchez, Director of Recruitment and Admissions and Veterans Affairs; Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS; David Bertagnoli, Commander, MOPH and Elizabeth Barrett, Veteran’s Services Specialist, School Certifying Official (SCO) at CAC.
Chase Field – S.E.E.4VETS hosted ten student veterans from GateWay Community College and their guests at a Diamondbacks baseball game. On Sunday, September 24, the group met at the Tee Pee Tap Room and enjoyed a fine meal. After lunch, all met at the ballpark. The group of veterans assembled on the baseball field, and S.E.E.4VETS was recognized and the group appeared on the Jumbotron. Sunday’s game turned out to be memorable in that, bottom of ninth inning the D ’backs won. Earlier in the game, fans were told that the D ‘backs clinched the Wildcard Play-off spot and would play at Chase Field. Truly, a remarkable afternoon for D ‘backs and fans. Photograph is courtesy of Mathew McGraw.
Coconino Community College (CCC) received funds for their Veteran Services Center improvements. The office space was repurposed to include an area where veterans can work on assignments, gather for meetings and socialize. By creating camaraderie at school, the thinking is that students who receive veteran’s services will be more likely to continue in their studies and complete degrees and certificates at CCC and beyond. In addition, funds were disbursed to support their tutoring program for student veterans, and emergency relief fund. In all, S.E.E.4VETS has pledged $20,040 of which $15,040 has already been disbursed. See check presentation photo.
Coconino Community College Foundation held its annual meeting, September 8, 2017. It was well-attended by a large sector of the Flagstaff community including County Supervisors, the Mayor of Flagstaff, the business community and other V.I.P.’s. S.E.E.4VETS was present at the event with six board members and four guests attending. During the meeting, S.E.E.4Vets was recognized along with the announcement of the Veteran Services Center ribbon cutting ceremony, which immediately followed the annual meeting. Below is the ribbon cutting photo.
It did not take long for S.E.E.4VETS to receive a proposal after meeting Dr. Smith, President, Coconino Community College(CCC), on September 30, 2016. The first disbursement against the initial pledge was December 19, 2016 for the remodeling of the Veteran Services Center. As she so clearly stated in the CCC Foundation Annual Report 2016-2017, in the article – Agencies help CCC Vet Center with facelift, “I thought this was exciting (S.E.E.4VETS grant) because veteran issues, particularly the return to school or to re-career are such a priority to the College and Governing Board.” To read the article – Agencies help CCC Vet Center with facelift, click on this link
Tucson, AZ – S.E.E.4Vets received a $5,000 donation from the leadership of the Ft. Lowell, Chapter 442, Military Order of Purple Heart (MOPH). It will be applied to the S.E.E.4Vets Veterans Student Tutoring Service program at Pima Community College (PCC), downtown campus for fall semester 2017. The program has already served twenty-nine student veterans of which 13 worked the math tutor and 16 with the writing tutor in spring semester 2017.
The Commander David Bertagnoli of Chapter 442, MOPH, visited the Military and Veteran Services Center at PCC and meet leaders of S.E.E.4Vets, school officials and a few student veterans.
In the photograph are: (lt to rt) Jorge Camarillo, Coordinator, Military & Veteran Services; Dr. David Dore, PCC Campus President, Downtown and Northwest campuses; Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4Vets; Commander David Bertagnoli of Chapter 442, MOPH; Joanna Sweatt, Financial Officer & Treasurer, S.E.E.4Vets; Polly Reza, Veteran Adviser, PCC Northwest Campus; Jeremy Thompson, Veteran Adviser, PCC downtown campus, Military & Veteran Services; and Hector Acosta, Director, Military and Veteran Services.
Phoenix College (P.C.) – S.E.E4Vets and Southwest Veteran Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) attended P.C. Veterans Association end of the year celebration in May 2017. At the function, both organizations presented Stephen Vega, President, P.C. Veterans Association with two $250 checks. The school participates in a “matching fund” program offered by the two organizations.
The primary function of the Phoenix College Veterans club is to create a network for the schools Veteran population to help build connections with the college and community, network with businesses, assist with the transition from the military to a school environment. The funding for the Veterans Association comes through various fundraisers and events. Any funds raised by the group would be matched by SWVCC and S.E.E.4Vets up to the maximum amount of $500 an academic year.
In the photograph are: (lt to rt) Tom Sheets, Executive Director, SWVCC; Stephen Vega, President, P.C. Veterans Association; Joanna Sweatt, Financial Officer & Treasurer, S.E.E.4Vets.
S.E.E.4Vets pledged $9,000 to Yavapai College, Veteran Upward Bound program. The program provides eligible U.S. Military veterans with the opportunity to refresh their academic skills and prepare them to successfully enter and graduate from college, university or technical school. The school already received $3000, and for the fall semester 2016, ten veterans received scholarships. In the photograph are: (left to right) Ray Torres, S.E.E.4Vets, Chairman of the Board; Jane Hersh, District Director, Veteran Education & Transition Services, Yavapai College; Dr. Penelope Wills, President, Yavapai College; Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4Vets; Tom Mascot, S.E.E.4Vets, Board Member; Joanna Sweatt, S.E.E.4Vets, Treasurer & Paul Kirchgraber, Director of Development, Yavapai College Foundation.
The S.E.E.4Vets Student Veterans’ Success program at GateWay Community College is a groundbreaking program. Of the ten community colleges under the Maricopa County Community College umbrella, GateWay is the only one offering student veterans a three-part program. S.E.E.4Vets launched the program fall semester 2015. To date, 159 student veterans have participated. A majority of these students completed the Online Student Veteran Orientation Program. Student veterans continue to avail themselves to the one-on-one tutoring for math and English, and to date 41 students utilized the tutoring services. In addition, five scholarships were award for spring semester 2017. In all, the innovative approach to encouraging student veterans to “persist and advance” in their studies is on a successful trajectory.
S.E.E.4VETS held another remarkable golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale, in part because of our generous sponsors, such as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. The organization achieved a higher level of financial success than the previous year, and players had fun as well. Nearly all the players finished approx. 5pm (4-hour round). Scottsdale Mayor Lane welcomed the players and Eli Crane, Founder, President/CEO, Bottle Breacher was the featured speaker. In addition, photographer Mathew McGraw took terrific photos. Further, having the buffet style setup on the patio made it easier for people to serve themselves. A special thanks to Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar for their high-quality food and outstanding service.