Scottsdale, AZ. S.E.E.4VETS Summit
First-time ever Summit with Arizona community colleges and Nevada Truckee Meadows Community College was a success. The presentations were spot on to highlight the impact the S.E.E.4VETS Grants are having on student veterans. The testimonial stories and testimonies themselves, clearly pointed to S.E.E.4VETS doing good and memorable work. In addition, college representatives suggested ideas for S.E.E.4VETS to consider going forward. Summit was held Sept. 26, 2018 and total attendance, including nine board members stood at thirty-four.
Phoenix, AZ. S.E.E.4VETS Sponsored Activity
Student veterans from Paradise Valley Community College, Pima Community College and Central Arizona College, and S.E.E.4VETS, Vice Chairman of the Board, Rusty Findley, USAF, Lt.Gen.(Ret.) enjoyed an afternoon at the ballpark on Sept. 23, 2018.
Flagstaff, AZ S.E.E.4VETS Veterans Legacy Endowment Fund
S.E.E.4VETS established an S.E.E.4VETS Veterans Legacy Endowment Fund at Coconino Community College on September 7, 2018. After the Foundation breakfast, the $15,000 check was presented to the Foundation leadership and Dr. Colleen A. Smith, President of Coconino Community College (seated).
Coconino Community College, a relatively young college, opened its doors in 1991.The College’s service area—long known for its sheer beauty—includes the Grand Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks, Sedona, Lake Powell, the Painted Desert and Sunset Crater. Coconino County, the second‐largest in the country, spans 18,661square miles. Five sovereign Indian nations govern over one‐third of the land, including the Navajo Nation—the country’s largest Native American reservation. The county is also diverse in population and educational attainment. They certify approximately 100‐120 veterans each semester and serve about 150 veterans and their dependents each year.
Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF, Lt.Gen.(Ret.) and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS had the privilege and honor to present a $5,000 check to Dr. Karin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) to fund the Veterans Upward Bound program (VUB). Please view video below and video produced by TMCC.
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.
The Art Institute of Phoenix produced the video. Special acknowledgement goes to Tayler Mascole, who transformed the testimonies into a powerful video. Please view video below.
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. Please view video below and video produced by Maricopa Colleges TV.