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Boots to Books: Success at PCC

Boots to Books: Success at PCC


[MUSIC PLAYING] TRICIA BRAND: One of the
reasons that services geared toward veterans is
really essential at any college or university is to recognize some
of the unique lived experiences that veterans students have had. WALTER GAHNT: All the skills that
they learned in the military– they need to figure out how to
translate those to civilian life and sometimes that
can be a challenge. JOE MAH: Transferring from a
culture of military conservatism towards a more liberal
college setting– they have numerous
obstacles that are distinct from a normal
run of the mill student. CHRIS HAMREUS: Student
veterans have a bunch of resources to help with
their success on campus. A lot of them are tied to
the academic side of things– the writing lab, the STEM
center, tutoring support. a lot of them are tied to the
planning, and the preparation, and the transition into
community and career with our career exploration
center, our career counseling. WALTER GAHNT: There are
a number of resources that help students to feel like
they are part of a college campus, and the Veterans Resource
Center is a big part of that. They can come here and
this is a dedicated space for veterans to be able
to gather, to do homework, to support each other,
and to help acclimate them to the college campus experience. Faculty are very aware that veterans
bring a different background to the classroom. Lots of skills, lots of
experience, lots of knowledge. And one of the things that
faculty are encouraged to do is to honor that experience. JOE MAH: Most veterans– myself included– when we
first started here at PCC, we want to keep our head
down and not make any waves. Just come to class and
do that and get out. I find with increased
support structures– supportive faculty,
peer-to-peer support– that increases the investment that
a student veteran would have in PCC and allows them to
succeed more often.


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