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Spartanburg Community College (SCC) can better serve veterans today thanks to a grant from America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) to the College’s Foundation. The $16,720 grant will be applied toward SCC’s services for military and veteran students in partnership with the Upstate Warrior Solution, Inc.
“Working with America’s Warrior Partnership and the Upstate Warrior Solution has been an invaluable opportunity for SCC and the military and veteran students we serve throughout Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties,” explains Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. “The mission of both organizations aligns perfectly with SCC’s-to connect, educate, advocate and collaborate with veterans, service members-our country’s warriors-and their families. And, day-in and day-out, that’s exactly what our faculty and staff do-connect, advocate and collaborate with all students by providing educational and training opportunities for a better future for themselves and their families.
“However, because of the unique experiences of our warriors-those who have served or are currently serving-many need assistance finding resources, connecting with opportunities and restoring their sense of purpose to discover there is life after or during military service. Thanks to this AWP’s grant and the military/veteran staff we will hire, we can now expand our partnership with the Upstate Warrior Solution, Inc., and the joint services we provide to those who have given so much through military service to our country,” adds Giles.
The funds come from America’s Warrior Partnership, a non-profit that financially supports community-level agencies providing holistic services to veterans. Spartanburg Community College was nominated for the grant by Upstate Warrior Solution, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect warriors and their families to resources and opportunities through the process of self-empowerment, while inspiring the community to embrace local warriors and their families as valued neighbors and friends. All grants provided by AWP go to empower veterans via direct services like Upstate Warrior Solution’s mission.
“As always, our goal is to support active duty military, veterans and their families at the community level,” says Jim Lorraine, chief executive officer of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We are excited to see the progress Spartanburg Community College will make with these funds.” Community Integration is a national award program administered by America’s Warrior Partnership and is made possible by Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) funding.
“These grant funds will be used to staff SCC’s Warrior Lounge, which is a dedicated area on the College’s central campus, exclusively for military, veteran students and their dependents where they may seek refuge to study, rest and connect with fellow student veterans,” explains Lynn F. Dale, SCC’s associate vice present of enrollment management and retention. “Two students with military service experience will be hired as SCC ambassadors;their responsibility will be to manage the Warrior Lounge on a daily basis. In addition, they will be a steady source of support and help for our military students, since they too, have served our country and know what it’s like to return home and assimilate back into family, work and community life.”
Named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazines, Spartanburg Community College is in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide committed to the needs of military students. As such, SCC offers many unique services for military and veteran students as well as their families. SCC’s Star Program features trained faculty and staff members who are available to help military/veteran students or lend an ear if they need someone to speak with. SCC is also proud to support a local chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA), which offers an environment for networking and camaraderie to military veterans, current service members, dependents and supporters. For more information about SCC’s offerings for military and veteran students, visit www.sccsc.edu/military-veterans.