Community college are adding classes, support services and special centers to welcome military veterans, reports Community College Times. The U.S. Education Department’s Veterans Upward Bound program provides funding.
The veterans’ center at Citrus College in California was designed to look like a USO club.
With social isolation being one of the biggest issues facing combat veterans, the college said that the center provides a relaxing place for them to receive the latest veteran benefits information, to coordinate with the veterans’ network club and to attend workshops.
Citrus offers a Boots to Books course to help vets with interpersonal skills and stress management.
Clackamas Community College in Oregon has opened a Veterans Education and Training Center, which provides advice on benefits, offers workshops on education, training and business and serves as a networking and study center. A veterans’ club meets at the center for fellowship and support.
Collin College in Texas offers political science, history, psychology and speech classes designed for veterans.
In political science, for example, students discuss veteran’s benefits and in psychology a speaker discusses post-traumatic stress disorder.
Danville Area Community College in Illinois hosted an orientation to introduce veterans to the available employment, education, health and support services.
Veterans participating in Upward Bound often are at-risk students: 72 percent are both low-income and first-generation college students, 67 percent are unemployed and 39 percent have a disability.