Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

Welcome from INDYCC!

We, the INDYCC family, would like to say, “thank you!” You have made a significant sacrifice in serving our great country.  It is with this appreciation that the Veterans Success Center Staff would like to welcome you to our campus.  INDYCC is a safe place for Veteran transitions.  Our support team understands the level of complexity, stress, and anxiety that is involved when a person transitions from the military and into the campus environment.  Additionally, INDYCC was recently appointed as a Purple Heart College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).  This classification is in recognition of the support for military members, including veterans and their families.  We intend to offer the most productive and effective services to assist you in preparing for and applying to our college.  Again, thank you and please consider allowing us to be of service to you!

Our Program

The Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS)’s mission is to support student veterans in achieving their academic, career, and personal goals.  Made possible by a Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant, the evolving success center at INDYCC serves as a focal point for veteran students focusing on four key areas: 1) aiding veterans’ transition to campus life, 2) increasing retention, 3) completing a degree 4) and/or transferring to a four-year university.
With dedicated support staff, the Veteran Student Success Center provides veteran students, currently active, National Guard, Reservists, and military dependents with information about various campus and community support resources.


Services

 

  • Assistance in preparing for and scheduling placement testing (Accuplacer)
  • Application assistance for financial aid, military education benefits, and scholarships
  • Support with college admission and enrollment steps
  • Transferring credit from a previous college 
  • Transferring military transcripts (JST)
  • Advisement in planning a course of study and selecting courses 
  • Individualized career assessment and planning
  • Access to other resources such as a study area and computer lab
  • Referrals to additional campus and community resources
     

Meet Your Team 

Alan Parsons – Director of Veteran Student Success

Alan received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Kansas, and his Master’s from Arkansas Tech University with a specialized certificate in Student Advising. 

Originally from northwest Kansas, Alan joined the active-duty Army in 2002 and served for nine years.  During his military service, he was assigned to South Korea, Ft. Riley, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  After his military service, he used the G.I. Bill to attend college where his education led him to work in campus programming specializing in military-connected students.  Before working for Independence Community College (INDYCC), Alan worked as an outreach coordinator and academic advisor for Veterans Upward Bound at a university in Arkansas.

 

India Bennett – Project Coordinator for Veteran Student Success

Currently, India is transitioning from a Bachelor of
General Studies to a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Texas A&M University. 

Coming from Texas, India grew up with a family who worked for the VA for over a decade.  From this experience, India developed a passion for wanting to assist veterans which carved her focus toward social work.  Previously, she worked as a Sourcing Specialist for an independent consulting firm in Houston, Texas.  

Why Choose Us?

Our veteran students are ready to take the next step in their education or their first steps into civilian employment. 

We utilize on and off-campus resources that support a productive safe environment, which allows our Veteran students to develop personally and professionally. 

Class sizes are small, offering you individualized attention and tutoring center and support. 

Faculty and staff are offered annual advocacy training (Green Zone), where they have the opportunity to better understand the veteran student experience.

You will also enjoy vibrant campus life, from music to football to disc golf, while getting an excellent education.

ICC Veterans Information

  • To find out if you are eligible for VA benefits, call toll free: 1-888-442-4551 or go to the VA Education web site.
  • ICC cannot determine eligibility for VA benefits, cannot advise on VA benefit use, nor determine the amount of assistance that a student will recieve. ICC can verifiy via the VA’s online system that a student is enrolled and the number of hours.  
  • It is the student’s responsibility to inform ICC if the number of credit hours changes during a semester.
    • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
    • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
    • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)
    • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35)
    • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)
    • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter33)
    • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
  • If you are a Chapter 31 student, contact your Vocational Rehabilitation case manager for authorization.
  • If you have received VA education benefits before, complete form 22-1995 at www.gibill.va.gov or 22-5495 if you are a Chapter 35 student.
  • If you are a veteran researching online education opportunities and would like to view an additional resource, please visit Accredited Online Schools and Colleges, an online database designed for veterans.

To apply for benefits:

  1. Complete form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov (click on education forms) or 22-5490 if you are a Chapter 35 student.
  2. Complete ICC Admissions Application (Apply Now! or ICC Admissions Office)
  3. Complete ICC Enrollment/Course Scheduling Form (ICC Admissions or your advisor)
  4. Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) (ICC Financial Aid office)
  5. Provide the following to the ICC Registrar’s office:
  • Completed ICC VA Benefit Application (VA Benefits Verification Application)
  • Copy of 22-1990/22-5490 or confirmation
  • Copy of DD214 if you have been discharged
  • Copy of 22-1990 Part II signed by unit Education Service Office
  • Copy of NOBE if you are Active Reserves or National Guard
  • Official transcript of training credit from Joint Services
  • Registrar will submit verification of enrollment online. Enroll each semester as soon as possible and notify Registrar – it is your responsibility to let the Registrar know you are enrolled. Initial enrollment approval can take up to 8 weeks, so do not delay enrollment or notification.
  • As a Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 student, it is also your responsibility to go online and verify that you are still enrolled once a month at: www.gibill.va.gov/wave/ or call 1-888-823-2378.
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Questions?

If you have any questions, contact the ICC Financial Aid office at 620.332.5411 or 620.332.5449. 

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