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Tucson, AZ – S.E.E.4Vets received a $5,000 donation from the leadership of the Ft. Lowell, Chapter 422, 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.

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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.
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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.

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Glendale Community College Veteran Services Center…This is a synopsis of the Glendale Star article on the New GCC Veteran Services Center. Dr. Teresa Leyba Ruiz, Interim President of Glendale Community College, perhaps described the new GCC Veteran Services Center best, when she said, “In 2010, as soon as we opened the doors, we knew it was too small.” Since that time, 16,000 families have walked through the door. Dr. Leyba Ruiz and other college and military officials made their remarks during the grand opening celebration of the new, expanded center at a March 24 ceremony.

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Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick gave the audience a history lesson on how community colleges became the affordable and accessible higher education model from former President Harry Truman in the form of the GI Bill. Harper-Marinick said the college district decided in 2007 that each of the 10 colleges would have a veteran center. The district’s commitment has resulted in all of the colleges being recognized nationally as military friendly. In GCC’s 2015-16 school year, 940 veterans were served.

One of several officials addressing the audience was retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board for S.E.E4Vets (Support Education and Employment for Vets), said, “In the end, it’s all about the people it’s going to serve … They’re an elite group; they’ve earned the right to have a facility like this.”

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Prior to the dedication, Rusty Findley, S.E.E.4Vets Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF Lt. Gen. (Ret.) and S.E.E.4Vets Chairman of the Board, Ray Torres, have conversation with Glendale Mayor Weiers concern his new program honoring high school students entering the Armed Forces to serve their Country.

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Arcadia and Camelback Corridor – one of the most prestigious property areas in the valley. Katherine and Mark Reckling of Reckling Properties selected our organization as one of the four beneficiaries for their latest philanthropy project. Mark and Katherine Reckling will donate 25% of their commission from each closed transaction to the client’s choice of four 501(c)(3) nonprofit, including S.E.E.4Vets. Offer available only for closed transactions with Mark or Katherine Reckling until May 31, 2017. For more information click here

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GateWay Community College (GWCC) developed an on-line New Student Orientation for Military, Veteran, Spouse, and Dependent students as part of the overall S.E.E.4Vets Veteran Student Success program. The content focal points are on Gateway’s Resources, Veteran Services, and key Academic Progress topics. These focal points enhance their understanding of what it takes to succeed in school, and probability of achieving their academic goals. Equal important, how they affect VA education benefits and financial aid funding.

Three videos are part of the orientation, offering compelling messages. Introduction is made by Dr. Gonzales, President, GWCC; Ian Parkinson, U.S. Army Sgt. veteran student talks about Retention/Tutoring; and Closing remarks are provided by Rusty Findley, USAF, Lt. Gen. (ret.), Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4Vets.

See video below with Ian Parkinson, U.S. Army Sgt. veteran student making reference to retention/tutoring.

See video below with Rusty Findley, USAF, Lt. Gen. (ret.), Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4Vets offering closing remarks.