In response to the Ohio GI Promise and increasing benefits at the Federal level for veterans, LCCC is boosting its services to veterans.
Highlights of these increased services include:
- A new veteran’s scholarship
- Writing workshops to help veterans deal with their war experiences
- Training and workshops to better equip staff and faculty in understanding and dealing with the unique challenges faced by veterans
- Veteran’s Salute at FamilyFest.
“One of the most important benefits the veteran receives is the GI Bill. Our goal in the Veteran’s office is to offer tremendous service and support to veterans and help them maximize the educational benefits of the GI Bill to be able to achieve their academic and career goals,” said Krista O’Neill, an LCCC academic advisor on the Veteran’s team. “We work with students from the first time they apply for benefits all the way through use of their benefits to attend the University Partnership. It is a privilege for us to serve them.”
LCCC has established a Veteran’s team of faculty and staff that includes LCCC Distinguished Professor and Vietnam Veteran Bruce Weigl to plan how LCCC can better serve veterans.
The Ohio GI Promise makes benefits effective immediately for veterans eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, provides in-state tuition for all qualified veterans from across the country, expands the use of Ohio National Guard scholarships and makes Ohio colleges and universities “Servicemember Opportunity Colleges,”
LCCC will train additional staff members to handle the growing veterans population on campus. Approximately 250 veterans are taking classes this fall and the staff training will help service veterans more efficiently.
Printed and LCCC website information will be enhanced as details of the GI Promise and Federal benefits become available. This information will help identify resources for veterans and show them how to maximize their GI Bill benefits. The LCCC Foundation will also designate funding for a Veterans Scholarship.
LCCC also hosted a Veterans Salute at the 15th Annual FamilyFest in October. The Veterans Salute showcased our veterans and gave the community a chance to express its appreciation to the veterans.
A student veterans group will also be established, with Weigl as its mentor, to give veterans a group and place where they can come together and share common experiences in battle and the classroom.
For more information, veterans should contact Krista O’Neill at (440) 366-7642 or Myriam Cordy at (440) 366-7685 or visit www.lorainccc.edu/veterans.