Las Positas awarded state grant to support veterans

College officials say $200,000 will go toward disabled student programs, new student orientation, more

Las Positas College recently was awarded $200,000 from the state for veterans support services.

The award comes after the college's Veterans First Program applied for a Veterans Resource Center state grant through the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

"LPC's Veterans First program began as a small group of veterans and has grown into a large group who are dedicated to helping their peers succeed," said Roanna Bennie, LPC interim president. "We are honored that our state Chancellor's Office recognizes the commitment of our faculty, staff and students. They are working each day to help our veteran students succeed."

The $200,000 was awarded for a two-year period starting in October. Las Positas officials say the funds will be directed toward student support services including the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), Financial Aid and Tutorial Center.

It will also go toward Operation Gateway (the two-day new student orientation for veterans), offer additional academic support services for students enrolled in gateway courses and enhance students' case management.

Overall, the Chancellor's Office distributed $8.5 million to 59 community colleges with veterans resource centers, including Las Positas.

"These new funds will allow us to continue to support (veterans) in so many other ways," Bennie said.

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