MARCH 12, 2014
Two Arizona Community Colleges certified as Veteran Supportive Campuses
PHOENIX – Glendale Community College and Scottsdale Community College have been certified by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) as Veteran Supportive Campuses. They become the first community colleges in the state to earn the distinction.
Under state law (ARS 41-609), Arizona postsecondary institutions may request such certification if they demonstrate that they have identified the needs and issues of student veterans, and have formed a campus steering committee of student veterans, faculty and staff to help develop programs that best support student veterans. Such programs include student veteran orientation and sensitivity and awareness training on military and veterans’ culture as well as peer mentoring and support programs for student veterans.
“This is a major step forward in Arizona becoming the most veteran friendly state in the nation,” said ADVS Director Ted Vogt. “Our community colleges play a critical role in providing higher education to Arizona’s veterans.”
The state’s three public universities, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University are also certified as Veteran Supportive Campuses.
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services is a cabinet level state agency of the executive branch whose mission is to serve Arizona’s veterans and their families by connecting them with the benefits earned by their service. ADVS also operates veteran homes in Tucson and Phoenix and a state veteran cemetery in Sierra Vista.