KCC acknowledged as army pleasant | Native information
KANKAKEE – Kankakee Community College is one of 15 Illinois community colleges selected for the 2021 Guide to Military Friendly Schools published in partnership with GI Jobs magazine.
“Kankakee Community College gave me the opportunity to truly enjoy my college trip,” said Jason Rodriguez, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, in a press release. “I’ve had the best experience possible. What really influenced my time was the culture of care that emanates from the KCC staff.
“When I first came to KCC, college was difficult for me and the veteran services were new, but with the help of the Veterans Association, Kendra [Souligne]and the faculty made me feel very welcome at KCC, ”Rodriguez continued.
“I remember the first time I went to the grant desk, a member of the Veterans Association greeted me, showed me the Veteran Resource Center, and gave me a tour of KCC. I knew from there that I would have numerous resources to help out here at KCC and even in my future endeavors. Whenever I have the opportunity, I recommend KCC, especially military affiliates in the community. “
According to the college’s Office of Financial Aid, KCC typically has around 65 veterans enrolling each year. Among the veterans, there are 31 KCC student veterans currently taking advantage of VA Education.
“KCC is proud to be designated a military friendly school,” said Kendra Souligne, grant coordinator and veteran services coordinator, in a press release. “We are determined to assist those who have served or are currently serving in the US military and their families as they transition into the college environment.
“Our main task is to support them in using theirs [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] Education and financial support, ”she said. “We also offer community and state remittance sources to assist them with benefits beyond education.”
In 2016, KCC opened the Veteran’s Resource Center, which offers resources such as computers, a meeting area, lounge, and a student assistant from the Vet Center.
“The KCC Veterans Association, a recognized chapter of Student Veterans of America, provides a community atmosphere, camaraderie, a gateway to leadership development, and access to benefits,” said Souligne.
According to Victory Media, which publishes GI Jobs, schools were rated both using public data sources and responses from their own survey. The list will be published in May.
For more information on educational benefits for military veterans, spouses, and dependents, visit kcc.edu/veterans.