MCC-Penn Valley awarded $10,000 grant for veterans center improvements



For the second year, Student Veterans of America (SVA) in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation will fund veterans resource centers on college campuses across the country.

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the SVA’s Veterans Center Initiative to fund improvements to the Morale, Wellness and Restoration (MWR) Veterans Center.

Since 2008, SVA has helped those returning from military service obtain the resources, support and advocacy needed to achieve success in higher education and after graduation. The Student Veterans Association at Metropolitan Community College is an inclusive organization open to all students on campus advocating for support and partnership with student veterans.

At MCC, the grant will be used to relocate and renovate a space for student veterans that will support them as they address challenges which may be related to their educational goals.

Linda Lechowicz, MCC-Penn Valley’s SVA chapter representative, explained: “We are working with students who are juggling family, work and school responsibilities, sometimes are academically underprepared and some endure disabilities and mental health issues.  We aim to provide a supportive, nurturing environment that allows an opportunity for veterans to decompress between classes and experience peer support. This project will help us serve them.”

Construction is expected to begin in December.