The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants totaling $ 600,000 to expand campus veteran resource centers at 15 community colleges and public universities and to strengthen other services aimed at helping veteran Oregon students. Veteran Resource Centers are essential in helping Veterans transition from military service to university life, achieve their educational and professional goals, and successfully reintegrate into the civilian workforce and the community.
The goal of the Campus Veteran Resource Center grant program is to augment these existing campus resources, funding innovative and impactful projects or programs designed to improve the lives of veteran students and help them succeed.
The 15 institutions that applied received a portion of the available grant funds. Grants ranged from $ 11,040 to $ 58,635. The proposed projects were evaluated by a committee made up of members of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs advisory committee, national service organizations, and veterans and education experts from across the state. ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick has secured final approval for scholarship funding.
“For many Americans, a post-secondary degree or program is an essential gateway to pursuing a successful career,” said Fitzpatrick. “Student veterans bring life experiences with them, may be older and have very different backgrounds than their peers, and may need extra support to prepare them for the classroom. “
Highlights of funded projects include:
• Funding for University Veterans Coordinators, who ensure that Veteran students have access to the essential benefits they have earned.
• Development of on-campus veteran-specific orientation and welcome programs for student ex-combatants and their families.
• Establishing peer mentoring programs and other support services to foster closer peer ties, resulting in increased retention of Veterans and their academic success.
• Purchase of technology and electronic equipment for use by students.
• Purchase of educational software for veterans in college writing and math, tutoring or a loaner library.
The recipients were Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton; Chemeketa Community College in Salem; Central Oregon Community College in Bend; Clackamas Community College in Oregon City; Klamath Community College in Klamath Falls; Lane Community College in Eugene; Linn-Benton Community College in Albany; Mount Hood Community College in Gresham; Oregon State University at Corvallis; Portland State University at Portland; Rogue Community College at Grants Pass; Southern Oregon State University at Ashland; Southwestern Oregon Community College at Coos Bay; University of Oregon at Eugene; and Western Oregon University at Monmouth.