by Terry Rogers
On January 31, starting at 8:30 AM, Delaware Technical and Community College will hold a Veteran’s Breakfast at their Georgetown Campus in Room 540 of the Carter Partnership Center. The event is an opportunity for veterans to learn more about scholarships and services DTCC offers to veterans and to learn about challenges facing the college currently.
“We offer a variety of scholarships for veterans, including scholarships for credit classes which go toward a college degree and Workforce Development classes which help them work toward certificates or certification,” Bobbi J. Barends, Ph.D., Vice-President and Campus Director, said. “There are also emergency assistance funds for veterans facing financial hardships. These scholarships are made possible through generous donations from private donors as well as the Georgetown Campus Annual Run, White and Blue 5K for veteran scholarships.”
Dr. Barends said that veterans often have excellent skills and work experience along with the work ethics that most employers seek. In the civilian world, however, veterans often find that they have difficulty finding employment if they don’t have degree, diploma or certificate that supports their background.
Dr. Barends said that many degree programs offered at DTCC connect with the United States Military Occupation Specialty Code (MOS) as well as the Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC). These are nine-character codes used in the armed forces to identify a specific job. These may include aviation, electronics, engineering technology, computer technology, criminal justice, nursing and EMT/paramedic, which are related to military occupation skills.
“From last year’s graduating class, veterans represented 6.0 percent of the graduates,” Dr. Barends said. “Overall, 4.4 percent of our students are veterans.”
Community colleges like DTCC provide many benefits, especially to adult learners who may have work, family or social obligations that prevent them from attending traditional colleges. Veterans can often graduate from DTCC with little or no debt as tuition costs are much lower than at other institutes of higher learning. Classes are more flexible as well, available at night and on weekends. Community college is also the best place to begin higher education if a veteran is not sure what major they wish to choose. Classes are smaller and credits transfer to four-year universities like the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Because the first two years of college can be completed at DTCC, if a veteran chooses to seek a four-year degree, they have much of the foundational work completed when they transfer.
The breakfast is free and is open not only to veterans, but also to active duty military members who may be interested in advancing their education. For more information and to RSVP, call 302-259-6086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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