Bank of America Grant Supports Veteran’s Resource Center at VVC

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: VVC Financial Aid Specialist Elaine Navarrette, VVC Foundation Grants Manager Rhea Deroian, VVC Financial Aid Specialist Gina Janisko, VVC President / Superintendent  Dr. Roger Wagner, VVC Financial Aid Specialist  Jim Murray, VVC Director of Financial Aid Jason Judkins, Bank of America Vice President Wilfred Griego, First Vice President of Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch Mark Hutchason, Bank of America Vice President Zoila Hernandez

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: VVC Financial Aid Specialist Elaine Navarrette, VVC Foundation Grants Manager Rhea Deroian, VVC Financial Aid Specialist Gina Janisko, VVC President / Superintendent Dr. Roger Wagner, VVC Financial Aid Specialist Jim Murray, VVC Director of Financial Aid Jason Judkins, Bank of America Vice President Wilfred Griego, First Vice President of Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch Mark Hutchason, Bank of America Vice President Zoila Hernandez

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– The Victor Valley College Foundation recently announced it has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to help the college’s new Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC), a center that helps provide much needed services to soldiers in their transition as students.  The grant is part of Bank of America’s focus workforce development and education opportunities to prepare the next generation with the job skills needed for careers in the evolving workforce.

Administrators at Victor Valley College went to work to open a VRC to offer a safe place on campus where student veterans can meet with their peers and assimilate into the campus environment. Currently, about 10 percent of VVC’s students are made up of veterans.  The VRC offers veterans access to computers and assistance in the use of assistive technologies, academic counseling and tutoring, peer support and mentoring, financial aid and veterans benefit information, transfer planning, referrals to on and off‐campus resources, and employment opportunities with community partners and the Employment Development Division.

“The Veterans Resource Center enables us to provide a place for the students to go to study, access to books, scholarships, it also offers employment and work study positions through the VA and the state of California,” Jim Murray VA Certifying Official and VVC Financial Aid Specialist said of the center. “The VRC is providing veteran students a one stop place for information and access to all of the benefits and programs that support their education.”

“The VRC is a peaceful atmosphere to study and get help,” said Ima Jewell, a veteran student at the center. “The center offers many resources and benefits and I don’t have to look for answers or ask questions on services.”

In addition, Bank of America’s generous donation will help to furnish the room located upstairs in the Student Activities Center with much needed supplies and equipment as well as scholarships to assist this unique population with their studies.

“It takes a community to support our veterans and Bank of America is proud to support Victor Valley College and its commitment to helping veterans achieve academic success,” said Al Arguello, Inland Empire Market President, Bank of America. “With Victor Valley College’s Veterans Resource Center, we can help veterans develop the skills they need for future success and help start them down a path to financial stability.”

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