BLUE BELL PA – To strengthen support of the region’s growing veteran-students population, Montgomery County Community College will open a Veterans’ Success Center at 202 House on its Blue Bell Campus using a $115,000 grant from the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.
The grant enables the college to create a comprehensive resource center for veterans who are students. It will house offices and programs related to veteran education from both the college and from outside agencies, and include a community area and traditional classroom.
The grant announcement coincides with the college’s fourth consecutive designation by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military-Friendly School.” The magazine annually reviews more than 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to determine which offer the best education, value and support for veterans and military students.
The college’s veteran-students enrollment has grown by 54 percent during the past five years, with 398 veterans enrolled in the fall (2012) semester. Part of the increase is due to expanded tuition benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008.
In 2008, the college established a Veterans Affairs Office and hired a dedicated veterans academic adviser, George Pannebaker. A veteran himself, Pannebaker also has more than 25 years of experience working for the Veterans Administration. He and others at the college work to ensure veteran-students have access to the resources necessary for success.
For more information, call Pannebaker at 215-619-7307.