By KYLE WASSON
Partnering with student-veterans, Pima Community College has delivered a Veterans Center to Downtown Campus.
Grand opening ceremonies were held Nov. 10. All veterans who are part of PCC faculty, staff or the student body were invited to attend.
A dedication in the Amethyst Room included an opening ceremony with the Davis Monthan Air Force Base Honor Guard, followed by an official welcome and remarks.
A ribbon cutting and reception took place at 2:45 p.m. in the Veterans Center.
The website www.gijobs.com deemed PCC one of the country’s “military friendly schools,” acknowledging the nearly 1,400 veterans enrolled each semester.
The Veterans Center, housed in room LB-170, will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Among the many amenities are two new computers, a flat-screen TV, desks and places to sit in a quiet room. A refrigerator will soon be installed, accompanying the coffee pot already brewing fresh grounds.
Trained volunteers and work-study students will provide assistance in areas ranging from class registration to job applications.
Volunteer and treasurer of Pima’s Student Veterans Organization, John O’Grady, urged all student-veterans to use the facility.
“We’re not just seeking veterans that need help,” O’Grady said. “We encourage any and all veterans to come relax and feel comfortable using this space.”
Along with a new center comes a change of command at the Student Veterans Organization. Ex-Marine Alfaro Hermosillo has taken command while ex-Navy electrical technician Jason Priddy helms the vice commander position.
West Campus has also recently dedicated space to student-veterans. Room A-224 on the second floor of the Santa Rita building is open to veterans Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5.p.m.
Although there are no computers or TV, a quiet space has been designated for homework and relaxing.
For more information on the Downtown Campus Veterans Center or Pima’s Student Veterans Organization, call 206-7263.