Through a new program created to support Veterans, Kirtland Community College can now provide resources designed to provide one-on-one support and help soldiers make the transition to college student.
The program, Michigan Veteran Education Initiative, is a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and places a veteran resource representative on college campuses throughout the state.
Christopher Stanton will serve as a shared representative between Kirtland and Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC), working at Kirtland on Wednesday and Thursday each week.
“My goal is to make Kirtland a more veteran-friendly campus,” said Stanton. “I want to be instrumental in establishing a Veterans Resource Center at Kirtland where vets can access computers, do homework, get assistance with required paper work and get their questions answered — place to hang out.
“I went to community college and then a university. I know how hard it can be to access your benefits. I’m hoping to be able to make a difference for the student vets on Kirtland’s campus.”
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency director Jeff Barnes said that about 40,000 veterans will leave service and head to Michigan in the next five years, and they’ll look for education and job opportunities in the state.
“We want to attract and retain the military’s top talent, and having these representatives available to these transitioning veterans sends the message that Michigan is committed to seeing veterans thrive as they pursue their dreams,” Barnes said.
To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Chris Stanton, Veteran Resource Representative, at 989-275-5000, ext. 407 or email@example.com.