El Paso Community College (EPCC) will host a Grand Opening of its Veterans Resource Center from 9:00 a.m. – noon, Friday, July 1st . The Center is located at the Valle Verde campus (919 Hunter, Student Services Center, room 139)
A special program of speakers takes place at 9:15 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. The celebration includes a College and Veteran Community Resource Fair. The event is free and open to the public.
One of the biggest challenges facing combat veterans is the social isolation they feel when they return from combat. Many veterans have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, much less adjusting to the academic rigor and social atmosphere of a college.
Therefore, the new Center offers computers, a printer, and informal meeting areas for students to congregate, meet and talk candidly with other veteran students, coffee, water, microwave and TV.
The center will eventually become a comprehensive one-stop- shop that provides individual case management to assists veterans with registering for classes, requesting benefits, applying for VA work-study, community referrals, peer-to-peer support, book exchange program, workshops, coordination of Veteran Affairs services and many other steps within their educational journey.
The goal is to embrace the veteran, military service member, and family members to ensure their success at EPCC. The Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.