Sandhills Community College has a passion for serving our veterans, military active duty, spouses, and dependents. So much so that the college recently opened a Veterans Center.
Located in the Katharine L. Boyd Library, The Luke Joseph Ryan Veterans Center is a private relaxing environment with a kitchenette, television, study areas and offices.
In recent years, the college has served approximately 350 students each year who utilize VA education benefits to take curriculum courses. This is quite an increase from the 100 the college assisted only eight years ago.
Those receiving veteran benefits are served by the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs Teresa Taylor and her Associate, Pat Jeffries. Lindsey Farmer is the college’s Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs.
Veteran students may be eligible for federal and/or state financial aid in addition to their education benefits. Sandhills is one of four NC community colleges to participate in the Veterans
Administration’s Yellow Ribbon program, which assists qualifying veteran students with college funds to help with the cost of out-of-state tuition.
The VA Mobile Vet Center makes regular stops on the Sandhills campus as it travels throughout North Carolina. Through this mobile unit, veterans and dependents are assisted with many non-academic support services. The college is the only Moore County location the Mobile Center visits and all area veterans can avail themselves of services. Each year the college has a free Veterans Day concert in Owens Auditorium. Student Life also honors veterans and dependents with a free breakfast and social prior to the holiday. Additionally, the college has a veteran student club.
A red, white and blue graduation cord is offered to veteran graduates.
Serving Veterans Through Continuing Education
The SCC Small Business Center (SBC) is instrumental in educating local small businesses on the value of hiring veterans and conveying military concerns to small businesses.
Through the Veteran Employment Program, SBC Director Teresa Reynolds holds educational sessions and presentations for business owners on the NC Veterans Employment Program. She also keeps small business owners abreast of veteran initiatives and associated benefits such as the Veterans Business Outreach and the MilitaryPipeline, an online portal matching military experience to credentials for employment.
Teresa helps transition veterans into entrepreneurial roles through associations like Boots 2 Business, the Small Business Administration and the North Carolina Military Business Center.