By Anthony Saude
Norco – Norco College unveiled the future home of the Veterans Resource Center immediately following the Assembly Select Committee hearing on October 25. The Veterans Resource Center will include special programs that will involve the student veterans, college leadership, and elected officials.
Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes of the 60th District was instrumental in the effort to secure the $2 million allocation that was needed to build the Center at Norco College campus. The allocation was approved by the state budget in June of this year.
The new center will expand on the programs currently available to better help these student veterans make the adjustments needed to assimilate back into civilian life. The hope is to give the our young veterans a fighting chance using college credit articulation, counseling, health services, housing, child care, and access to a myriad of community and veteran resources. The current Center offers veteran students assistance with financial aid, military benefits, counseling and academic support.
“We are excited to expand the Veterans Resource Center and opportunities for veteran students, and invite the community to join us in celebrating this milestone” said Norco College President Bryan Reece, Ph.D in a press release. The men and women in the military put themselves in harm’s way all the time to secure our freedoms and liberties. They are selfless individuals that choose to watch our backs giving us the freedom to live out our daily lives the way we are accustomed to in this country.
When they finish their tour of duty in the military we want them to know that someone has their backs if they decide to attend college. Norco College has stepped up their game to make sure that these young men and women get all the help they need to lead a productive, healthy life when they get back to their homes. That is a college that the community can be proud to call their own.
Norco College was voted Best for Vets two out of the last three years by the Military Times, one of only two California community colleges to make the ranking. Find out more about Norco College’s award winning Veterans Resource Center at: www.norcocollege.edu/services/admissions/veterans