By NICK QUIHUIS
The new Veteran’s Center at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus will be dedicated March 14 at 11:30 a.m. in room RV-150.
The ceremony will include guest speakers, a color guard and light refreshments. Following the ceremony, visitors and students may tour the center and meet with PCC’s student-veterans.
With a growing number of student-veterans, the previous center was deemed inadequate for fulfilling the needs of students. The new 1,500-square-foot center contains a kitchenette and space for study.
“PCC is committed to doing right by the student-veterans who come to the college seeking a path to productive civilian life,” Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said in a press release. “The veterans talked, we listened, and the result is a new center that meets their needs.”
Each semester PCC educates about 1,400 veterans, according to college officials. Many have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The veteran’s center includes a new “quiet room.”
The quiet room’s purpose is to provide a calm environment for student-veterans who may not want to combat additional stress. The room includes comfortable seating and dimmable lights.
The quiet room serves as a place that veterans can use if they need to feel grounded. The room may also be used as study space for groups and individuals.
The Veteran’s Center works closely with the Student Veterans Club, which formed four years ago at the Downtown Campus.
For more information, contact Constance Strickland at 206-7172.