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Independence Community College Receives Grant to Open Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Independence Community College Receives Grant to  Open Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Independence, KS – Independence Community College (ICC) received a $437,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to open a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS). This three-year grant is designed to support student veteran success by coordinating services to address academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students attending college.

“ICC is will be able to use this grant to increase veteran student enrollment and completion rates by providing a single point of contact for veterans looking to further their educational goals” said Dr. Vincent Bowhay, Vice President for Student Affairs. “This opportunity will reinforce and develop new spaces and services designed to meet the needs of our veteran student population.”

“ICC is committed to helping our students seamlessly transition from active-duty service to college graduates” said Cordell Jordan, Executive Vice President. “This grant allows ICC to expand services and help students better navigate college to prepare for the 21st century workforce.” 

ICC was named a Purple Heart College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in November 2020 in recognition for its support of military members, including veterans and their families. The College will begin the work of identifying the appropriate space on campus to launch the new CEVSS. Grant funding will support a full-time center director who will work specifically with veteran students on campus. A national search for a director begins in the Spring 2021 semester.