Good News for Veterans

Higher Education Veterans Program gets permanent funding

“The Higher Education Veterans Program of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has received permanent funding,” reported Katherine Bachman, coordinator of the program’s south metro region. Bachman has an office in the Learning Center on the DCTC Rosemount campus.

Bachman thanked DCTC President Ron Thomas, Student Life Director Nicole Meulemans, and student veterans, Jessica Jackson, Early Childhood and Youth Development major, and Jason Johnson, Business Management major, for testifying before the Veterans Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives on behalf of the program. Jackson worked in the Veterans Resource Center on the college’s Rosemount campus. Johnson is exceptionally active in Student Life. Last summer, he led roughly 200 campus tours while working more than 100 hours in volunteer service.

The Veterans Resource Center in the college’s Student Life Center provides support services and program information to U.S. military veterans just returning from active duty or retired from the U.S. Armed Forces for a number of years. The center also puts veterans in contact with other veterans on campus.

(left to right) Gov. Tim Pawlenty, DCTC Pres. Ron Thomas, Student Life Director Nicole Meulemans, Katherine Bachman, Coordinator, South Metro Region Higher Education Veterans Program, Kerry Lurken, DCTC financial aid specialist, Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, Minnesota National GuardAs a Yellow Ribbon Company recognized by the statewide Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign, DCTC has a sustainable action plan for supporting military families during the deployment cycle and after service members return home. Often families of service members on deployment believe their situation goes unnoticed by their local communities. Families may even feel apprehensive about asking for needed support. DCTC is dedicated to making sure active-duty personnel and veterans achieve their higher education goals.

In other news, the college learned in September 2011 that G.I. Jobs named DCTC a Military Friendly Campus for the second consecutive year. DCTC is approved by the VA and gives American Council on Education credit for military training and experience.

To learn more about the college’s Veterans Resource Center, contact:
  • Katherine Bachman
    South Metro Coordinator
    Higher Education Veterans Program
    Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
    651-423-8627
  • Nicole Meulemans
    Student Life Director
    651-423-8403

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