Terra's Veterans Center Provides Welcoming Space for Students


military_schoolTerra aims to provide a safe haven for veterans in a ‘USO’ atmosphere


by Daniel Carson


FREMONT — It’s been a year since Terra State Community College opened its veterans center for men and women who served in the military and were transitioning back to civilian life, taking classes at the college along the way.
Joyce Spencer, Terra’s student success mentor for veterans, said the center has lived up to its billing as a popular place for veterans to relax, work on their coursework or meet other military members with similar life experiences.
Spencer said the center, while not large, has met Terra’s needs while accommodating veteran students anywhere from early 20s to 50s attending the college.
“So, it’s something that appeals to all ages,” Spencer said Tuesday, in between visits with some of the veterans at the center prior to Thanksgiving break.
The veterans center was one of President Jerome Webster’s first initiatives as president of the community college.
Some of the veterans who attend classes at Terra were included in the planning of the center, which includes four computer terminals, a conference room and a lounge area with a television.
Spencer said the college’s philosophy in operating the center has been to provide a safe haven for veterans in a “USO” atmosphere, encourage camarderie among veterans, eliminate barriers to learning and promote academic success.
She said there about 20 regulars who pop in throughout the week, with male and female veterans using the center and visiting Spencer for help with school issues.



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