Jackson College recognized, named Veteran Connector School

June 16, 2022

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Jackson College continues to do all it can to help military-connected students succeed!

Jackson has again gained Military-Friendly Schools® status from Viqtory Media – G.I. Jobs magazine, the fourth year for the recognition, moving up to Silver status for 2022-23. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has again recognized the College with Gold Level Recognition and has also been certified JC as a Michigan Veteran Connector for its role in supporting military veterans and their families.

Veteran Connector

This Veteran Connector initiative identifies and cultivates community partnerships to broaden referral capabilities for Michigan veterans and connect them to the best possible resources. During the admissions process, colleges can help by identifying student veterans and asking, “Is there anything you would like us to know about your service?” From there, the schools can start the referral process to resources ranging from employment and training services to education benefits for children and spouses to VA health care. JC is one of the first eight colleges and universities certified.

“Any veteran can come in and, depending on what they’re dealing with, we can work to connect them with the resource they need,” said Randall Locke, veterans resource representative and student success navigator. “The MVAA is trying to get more points of contact for veterans out there, so people aren’t scrambling trying to find help. Any veteran can come to us.”

The Vet Connect initiative is part of the SAMHSA Governor’s Challenge, which looks at ways to reduce suicide among service members, veterans and their families. The Veteran Connector initiative brings both veteran-centric and suicide-prevention training to employees who are working with veteran students through the free Governor’s Challenge Portal – Psych/Armor program.

“The transition from active military to the civilian world is extremely challenging. Even I can’t fully describe it, and I’ve been through it,” said Locke, a Marine. “We need to get together to talk about things and support each other. These efforts are part of a community approach to helping veterans and their families.”

Help on Campus

Jackson College offers a dedicated Veterans Center located in Bert Walker Hall. Students may participate in a Student Veterans of America organization, which welcomes student veterans and others to provide connection and networking opportunities and ease the transition from military to academic life. Career coaching and advising available. These are just some of the services available to student veterans. For more information, visit https://www.jccmi.edu/veteran-services/.              ##