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Military Students & Staff Honored at Veterans Breakfast

Burlington County College (BCC), consistently ranked one of the best colleges in the nation for military and veteran services, will honor its military students, faculty and staff and its college-wide culture of commitment to military and veterans services with a veterans breakfast this week.

The breakfast will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Lewis M. Parker Center on the Pemberton campus for staff, students and faculty with military service. Although the breakfast is invitation only, media are encouraged to attend to help BCC promote the services available to veterans in Burlington County.

“With an entire department dedicated to providing military and veterans services, Burlington County College has a college-wide commitment to serve the military that continues to grow every year,” said BCC’s Director of Military Education and Veterans Services Christine Ulch, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. “The Veterans Breakfast is just one of many ways the college shows its support and respect for service men, service women and their families.”

The college recently announced a new Burlington County initiative with the county’s Military and Veterans’ Services and Workforce Investment Board to streamline services for military and veterans in Burlington County, which includes occasional one-stop information days, cross-training staff and sharing offices to provide greater convenience.

The college is designing a new Veteran’s Center that will provide a supportive, quiet environment with a dedicated area that can be used by the Trenton VetCenter for counseling. The center will be part of the state-funded Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and give BCC veteran and military students the space they deserve.

Last year, BCC implemented in-county tuition rates for military members and their dependents when they are deployed around the world, and a scholarship for civilian spouses and domestic partners.

That program is helping Rita Haley – who is married to Tevin, an Airman First Class – continue at BCC toward her four-degree and a career in TV or radio, which wasn’t covered by the family’s federal military benefits.

“I’ll have more affordable credits toward my degree and I’ll have less to take at the four- year school,” said Haley who plans to transfer to Rutgers University or Rowan University in the spring semester. “I’ll be saving money.”

“Burlington County College salutes the military members of our community every day, and continues to pursue innovative ways to better serve them,” BCC President David C. Hespe said.

Dedicating an entire office to military education, and continuing to implement new military-friendly policies consistently earn BCC the distinction of being one of the most military-friendly colleges in the nation by several top military publications including Military Advanced Magazine, G.I. Jobs and Military Times.

For more information about the college’s Military Education and Veterans Services, visit www.bcc.edu/military.