Workshops for Veterans at State Colleges – The Andalusia Star-News

Workshops for veterans at community colleges across the state

Published Monday 23 January 2023 at 11:00 am

Thanks to sponsorship from the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, a total of 30 resource workshops for active-duty Alabama military veterans and their families will be held at Alabama community colleges throughout January and February.

The ACCS Military and Veterans College and Career Workshops will be held at community colleges in all regions of the state from Tuesday, January 24 through Tuesday, February 28. The workshops will engage military activists, guardsmen, reservists, retirees, veterans and their families in the local services and programs available to them through Alabama’s community colleges. These services include access to veteran duty officers, veteran education services, apprenticeships, career services, mental health support and credentials.

During a press briefing at the State House Tuesday, Jan. 10, Alabama RC and D Executive Director Katie Conner said the workshops will give veterans across Alabama access to valuable resources that are available in one convenient place.

“The Alabama Community College System’s proposal to host workshops to help our veterans gives RC and D councils in every region of the state the opportunity to provide essential information about educational and employment opportunities for those who matter so much to our country have done,” Conner said.

Veterans attend Alabama’s community colleges for academic or professional training.

“The Veterans’ Workshops and Luncheons statewide welcome veterans who want to learn about the services available to them in their local communities,” said Commissioner Kent Davis of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I applaud Alabama RC and D and the Alabama Community College System for building a program that serves those who have served and are currently serving.”

“The resources available to the Alabama military community are valuable assets that our service members, our veterans and our families should be aware of,” said Maj. Gen. Sheryl E. Gordon, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard.

“There are endless opportunities for our Alabama service members to achieve their personal and professional goals, and I am pleased that so many of these programs are coming to light. We appreciate the efforts of the Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Association of RC and D Councils to bring these opportunities to the fore.”

Jimmy H. Baker, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, said the veteran workshops are among the system’s many efforts to partner with associations that are already successfully working to strengthen communities.

“Public community colleges were established many years ago to give veterans the opportunity to get an education closer to where they live. As we approach 60 years as the Alabama Community College System, we recognize that our greatest impact will be made when we partner with institutions that are committed to serving our state’s citizens, businesses and industries,” Baker said. “The partnership with Alabama RC and D validates that together we can make the colleges’ resources available so we can continue to serve those who have served our country.”