Central Texas College (CTC) held an open house yesterday for its new veterans’ center which will serve as a gathering place for students who are military veterans to meet, socialize and obtain information about educational, medical and other benefits. The center is located in upstairs lounge area of the Systems Service building (Bldg. 111).
In his welcoming remarks, Bill Alexander noted the purpose of the CTC Veterans Center was to serve as an informational outlet for veterans looking for educational, financial aid and other assistance to help them as students and as individuals. “The center is located adjacent to our Veterans Services and Financial Aid offices for easy access to information,” he said. “Not only will this area serve as a place to receive information, it will also be a meeting place for our student veterans to meet, interact and strike up friendships.”
The CTC Veterans Center is a comfortable gathering place with couches, chairs, tables and other décor items furnished by Ashley Furniture and Furniture Zone. It is flanked by a wall of information brochures on degree programs, financial and scholarship assistance and other services relevant to military veterans. CTC plans to create a wall of fame in the center honoring CTC employees who have served their country.
In addition to opening a veterans’ center, CTC has also initiated a student organization to provide further assistance to former military personnel. The Veteran Students of America is sponsored by Annabelle Smith, CTC director of financial aid and veterans services, and led by Matthew Keller, a general psychology student and former Army medic. During his four years of service in the Army, Keller spent two 13-month deployments to Iraq. He noted the organization will play a big part in the services offered by the new CTC Veterans Center. “We want to provide the outreach necessary to make the center successful,” said Keller. “Not only will the center be an information hub, but we as a veterans’ organization will reach out to students to make sure they are aware of the services and benefits available to them right here on campus.”
The CTC Veteran Students of America is also teaming up with the Proctor-Mixon Project, a non-profit agency based in Copperas Cove which provides financial assistance, counseling and other services to military personnel and their families in need.
CTC students who are veterans of any branch of the military can find out more about the new campus Veterans Center or available services by contacting the CTC Veterans Services office at 254-526-1110.