Central Texas College announced a new agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs it hopes will expand assistance and opportunities to the school’s military veteran students.
The college signed a memorandum of understanding with the VA in June to participate in the VA’s VetSuccess on Campus program, which is designed to help veterans successfully navigate in their education and transition into the civilian workforce.
“We could not be more pleased to enter into this agreement, which only further enhances our programs to assist military veterans,” said Thomas Klincar, the college’s chancellor. “Working with the VA to offer education and transition services is a natural extension to the services we currently provide and reinforces our commitment to these students.”
Participation means the VA will have personnel on campus to provide services to student veterans, including vocational rehabilitation counselors from the VA. In addition, CTC will provide training on current services offered by the school, including career counseling, vocational assessment, employment assistance, financial aid assistance, psychological counseling and services for students with disabilities, learning assistance and academic advising.
The staff will provide on-campus outreach to veterans, assistance with transition support services, VA benefits application assistance, adjustment and career counseling services and on-campus service referral assistance. It also will offer referrals for VA medical and mental health services, job placement assistance and will coordinate with local disabled veterans outreach program specialists and local veterans employment representatives.
According to a statement from the college, the VA will work closely with CTC’s Veteran Services Department.
“The VetSuccess counselors ensure veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals,” said Annabelle Smith, CTC’s director of financial aid and veteran services. “Because they are easily accessible on campuses, the counselors help resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a veteran’s educational program, including assistance with disability requirements.”