MCC salutes veterans with campus ceremonies

As America marks Veterans Day, Metropolitan Community College is honored to note the service of the men and women who are students and alumni  as well as as faculty and staff veterans.

Right now, MCC has about 200 student veterans and more than 40 employee veterans.

While Veterans Day is formally observed this year on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the weeks leading up to the holiday, ceremonies and displays were held across the five campuses to show respect to veterans and current military members. Additionally, the MCC-Penn Valley Student Veteran Association participated in the Heart of America Stand Down on Nov. 3. Student veterans volunteer for the Stand Down each semester, in June and November. It’s a one-day event where homeless veterans are provided with some of the short- and long-term resources needed to begin rebuilding their lives.

“This is an outstanding event that I’ve had the honor of helping with in the past, along with student veterans that I have mentored,” says Student Services Specialist Melissa Meredith. “You leave feeling like you’ve made a difference in your community and there is hope for these individuals.” Five students volunteered with Meredith.

Formal veterans events were held on two of the campuses on Friday, Nov. 10, to salute all who have served.

At the MCC-Penn Valley campus, veterans were commemorated with a color guard processional, a national anthem performance and a light refreshment reception.

President Dr. Tyjaun Lee opens MCC-Penn Valley 2017 Veterans Day celebration

At the MCC-Longview campus, a ceremony included a color guard processional and music from local high school students. History instructor and Army veteran Diane Boldt delivered remarks along with campus President Kirk Nooks. Donations for the Veterans Village, a “tiny” homes initiative in the Kansas City area, were collected during the celebration.

For the full Facebook photo gallery from the MCC-Longview event, click here.

Also, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, MCC will host the Outreach Business Forum “For Those Who Have Served” at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center. The event will help military veterans who own businesses connect with governmental entities and large companies in need of goods or services. An 11:45 a.m. luncheon for attendees and MCC student and employee veterans will feature speaker Michele Carter, deputy vice chancellor for finance and administration at Central Texas College. Learn more here.

MCC is ready to offer assistance to veterans in achieving educational goals, to aid in transition to a civilian career, and to provide the support services they need to be successful. Click here to link to MCC’s military and veteran resources.