Whether it’s helping to apply for funding or register for classes or counseling, veterans of the armed forces have many services available to them at ACC.
Since 2009, the number of veterans enrolling at ACC has increased from 120 to approximately 200.
When Courtney Daniels first entered ACC’s Associate Degree Nursing program, she needed help with her tuition. As a veteran of the U.S. Marines, she was eligible for tuition assistance.”
“They helped me take care of all of my financing,” she said. “I needed that support when I came back.”
Maverick Adgate wasn’t sure about which career path he wanted to take after he finished his time in the U.S. Army. He’d worked many different jobs but he wanted a career.
Adgate decided on the Process Technology field and when he enrolled, he turned to the ACC Veteran Affairs certifying officer Toby Herzog. Adgate received help in his registration and assistance with applying for his tuition assistance.
“They were so helpful,” he said. “It made my decision to come to ACC very easy.”
|VA Certifying Assistance
|New Student Orientation
|Student Veterans Club
|Free training in Welding and Pipefitting
ACC has provided so many services to its veterans that it was named a “veteran-friendly” college by VeteransAdvisor.com.
“We aim to be a veteran friendly campus not only in words but through actions,” Herzog said. “Many veterans are not sure of the benefits they qualify for when they leave the service. We are tasked by the VA to direct veterans to the VA website to learn about their benefits. Once the veteran knows what benefits they qualify for, we can help them with the application process.”
Some of the veterans services offered at ACC include academic advising, VA certifying assistance, support counseling, disability services and more. There is also a veterans-only New Student Orientation session offered.
“Social activities are provided through the student Veterans Club, an on campus organization that is run by veterans to provide support and to serve as a resource for the school to improve veterans services,” Herzog said.
ACC has opened a Veterans Area on campus that will provide veterans a quiet place to study, relax and network with other veterans. It will be a private space that will allow veterans to de-stress between and after class. The room will open up to the larger student lounge for meetings or large gatherings.
In addition to these services, ACC recently received grant funding to provide free training to veterans in the Welding and Pipefitting fields. The Texas Workforce Commission issued a $248,691 grant to Alvin Community College in 2014 to fund training for local veterans and prepare them for the workforce. The grant is from the Commission’s Skills Development Fund which was created to help find skilled workers for Texas Gulf Coast plants and refineries.
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