Honoring Their Sacrifice: Community College of Philadelphia Opens New Veterans Resource Center

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 8 2012—Community College of Philadelphia will commemorate Veterans Day by hosting the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center, which expands academic and enrollment support services for military members, veterans and their families.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., Mon., Nov. 12, and will include a moment of silence for fallen warriors. It will be held in the first floor lobby of the Bonnell Building, on 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street. Members of the military, veterans and the public are invited to attend. Philadelphia Police Capt. Verdell Johnson, an alumnus of the College and former Marine, will be the featured speaker.  U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and City Councilman At-Large David Oh are scheduled to attend. 

Later that evening, the College will host a special open house designed to answer questions regarding college and careers for military personnel, veterans and their families. The open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the College’s Welcome Center in the Pavilion Building, which is located on the west side of 17th across from the Bonnell. Veterans, who tend to be older that most traditional students, are using their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as a pathway to jobs, careers and a more secure economic future. Approximately 588 of the College’s current students receive Veterans Administration education benefits.

The Veterans Resource Center will address the unique issues and needs of Veterans by providing information regarding Veterans Affairs laws, offering workshops and guest speakers, and providing access to Vet Connect, an online community for student veterans at the College.  To attend the open house, RSVP to openhouse@ccp.edu or call 215-751-8988.