The Veteran Student Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is a designated space for veteran students to gather, study, and connect with other veterans. The Center offers information, services and resources, to help veterans be successful in higher education and transition into civilian life.
U.S. Military veterans are invited to visit the Center to use the computers, study, meet other veterans, and connect with both on and off-campus services and resources. Community service providers will be available to assist veterans with transitioning to the civilian workforce, confidential counseling and recovery from brain injury.
VetCorps Veterans Resource Liaisons are available to assist with applying for VA benefits, connecting to the veteran community, volunteer service opportunities and community resources. Assistance with registration and using student support services is also available.
Center’s Winter quarter hours of operation are:
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Look for the following activities in February. All are sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, unless stated otherwise.
TUTORING – FOR VETERANS BY VETERANS
Now offered daily 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Variety of subjects
B.E.S.T. WORKSHOP: BRAIN INJURY PRIMER – A VIEW FROM THE INSIDE
Wed., Feb. 2nd 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Workshop Summary: Brain Injury is the signature wound of the Iraq/Afghan wars. Brain Injury has its own language/vocabulary. Find out what these terms mean and more importantly, how they feel. What about support groups? Treatments? Where does PTSD fit? Hints on what works – All from the point of view of a brain injury survivor.
Presenter Info: Stephen Zagelow, JD, LL.M, is a veteran of the Vietnam unpleasantness, a brain injury survivor and a board member of the BEST – Brain Energy Support Team. BEST is the leading organization of individuals with brain injury and their caregivers. BEST provides peer-to-peer support, resources, and access to services for those with brain injury and their caregivers to jump beyond surviving brain injury.
VETERANS STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOP: DISCOVER YOUR LEARNING STYLE
Thur., Feb. 3rd 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Presenter: Michael Mesa
Event sponsors: Fort Steilacoom Corps of Veterans Student Club and VetCorps
FORT STEILACOOM CORPS OF VETERANS – STUDENT CLUB
Mon., Feb. 7th 2:30 pm
For information contact Joe Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 355-1836.
Sponsor: Student Programs
TBI WORKSHOP – (OPEN TO ALL)
Wed., Feb. 9th 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Cascade 332 – Lecture Hall
The WDVA, in partnership with the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council, has created a program that helps Veterans, family members, and community members survive, even thrive, after their service related injuries have impacted them. This one-hour presentation is for those who have either have deployed or know of someone who has deployed in the line of service. The workshop will cover 1) defining TBI; 2) service related exposures; 3) common signs and symptoms; and 4) what to do if you suspect that you have experienced a TBI.
Presenter info: Timm Lovitt is a U.S. Army veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the WA State Director of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and a TBI Field Coordinator with the WDVA.
Event sponsor: VetCorps
4-YEAR UNIVERSITY INFO SESSION – KAPLAN UNIVERSITY
Feb. 16th 3:00 pm
Pizza provided – RSVP required
Information for veterans and active duty military interested in transferring to a university. Details available soon.
BOOTS TO SHOES WORKSHOP: MILITARY TO CIVILIAN CAREER RESUME BUILDING
Thur., Feb, 24th 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Workshop summary: What does your resume say about you? Does your military to civilian resume reflect your skills and accomplishments in the best light? Are you using the most appropriate resume format? What is the purpose of a resume, anyway? Attend this workshop to better understand the answers to these questions and more. Learn how to drill for skills and accomplishments you didn’t know you had, format your resume so it is easy to read by busy hiring professionals, and position you for the real purpose of the resume . . . to get an interview!!
Presenter info: Patricia Conover, Director of the Boots to Shoes Foundation, has years of experience in effectively communicating and translating skills across Industries and Professions. A skilled workshop leader, Patricia makes the chore of writing a resume an interesting self-exploration that further builds confidence for job seekers. Boots to Shoes Foundation provides Mentors, Mock Interviews, and Business Panel discussions to support 21st. Century Veterans in their capture 21st. Century Jobs.
Retention and Transition Success Manager
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999