Veterans of our nation’s armed forces have to make major adjustments to return to civilian life. Those adjustments can often be more complicated if they decide to attend college. The federal government, usually through the United States Department of Veteran Affairs or VA, offers aid programs for veterans but the process for obtaining aid can be daunting.
This fall, student veterans at Cape Fear Community College will have a center that focuses on providing support services for veterans who wish to enroll in classes.
To get the process underway, CFCC hired a new student counselor for veterans who started in late April 2010 with plans to open a full veterans support center this fall.
This center will be located in Room S-400 in the McLeod Building. The college plans for the center to open during the 2010 Fall semester.
According to Matthew Cole, CFCC’s student veterans counselor, student veterans will be able to use the new center to fulfill all their special needs in one place. At the new veterans’ center, student veterans will be able to get both academic and personal counseling. They will be able to get referrals and in-depth information about VA benefits or financial aid. They will be able to relax and meet with other student veterans who implicitly understand their personal concerns and needs, he said.
Cole is currently working with Rachel Cavenaugh, CFCC’s Assistant Director of Financial Aid/VA Services, to make this plan a reality. She has been CFCC’s VA counselor and will be continue to help Cole counsel our student veterans.
Future plans may include an orientation session specifically for student veterans. Student veterans who have ideas that can improve veteran relations with CFCC are encouraged to contact Cole’s office in the Student Development Center on the first floor of the Galehouse Building at the Downtown Campus.
Additionally, student veterans can contact Cole by email at email@example.com or by phone at 910-362-7613.
CFCC’s veterans can get more information on the college’s website at www.cfcc.edu/finaid/VeteranServicesInfo.html.
– written by Michael Travis