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.
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.
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.
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.
S.E.E.4VETS recently filmed student veterans, who took advantage of the S.E.E.4VETS tutoring services. Their testimony concerning the invaluable help they received from the tutors is the central theme of the video. Student veteran, Beno Thomas, who attended GateWay Community College, served 8 years active-duty in the Infantry, and as a Reconnaissance Marine. He fought five combat deployments before separating honorably in 2011. Josh Izaguirre, the other student veteran, served 14 years in the U.S. Navy, and attended Glendale Community College.
Videography credits: The Art Institute of Phoenix produced the video. Special acknowledgement goes to Tayler Mascole, who transformed the testimonies into a powerful video.
S.E.E.4VETS has been supporting veteran students at Glendale Community College (GCC) since fall 2015. Veterans transiting from service to civilian life and entering college are challenged in a number of ways. Because math and other academic skills seldom are used in the service, veterans usually need tutored-structured math and English classes. GCC math department offers MAT 108, which is a tutored-structured math class taken concurrently with a regular math course. This type of course is not GI Bill eligible. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of the veteran to pay for the class. With the S.E.E4VETS scholarship, the course is paid. The video is about a student veteran in MAT 108. (Video produced by Maricopa Colleges TV)