At the May 13 Governing Board meeting, I was recognized by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for service to the College’s student-veterans. It is a great honor, and I thank ESGR’s Bruce Hamilton, but the reality is that I was accepting the award in the name of our employees in the office of Veterans and Military Affiliated Services. Each day, they do phenomenal work under the leadership of Director Dr. Daniel Kester. I also want to thank the faculty, staff and administrators who went above and beyond in our successful effort to regain the fullest confidence of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For 2014-15, PCC has a total enrolled veteran population of more than 2,700 students, including 1,190 using Veteran Educational Benefits. Our staff in Veterans Services and on our campuses assists Veterans Benefit Recipients keep up to date with Veterans Administration requirements. We work closely with student-veterans groups, and last year expanded our Veterans Center. I also should note that our Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Education Center offers quality instruction and services, and that the College currently is training active-duty Air Force personnel to become paramedics.
As veterans ourselves, Dr. Kester and I, along with the rest of the College, understand the importance of helping those who served make the transition to productive lives as civilians. It is my hope that we transform our veterans’ office into a Center of Excellence at the College. Veterans and active-duty military keep us free and secure, and we owe them our very best.