Front Range Community College has been awarded $79,959.24 to help establish Veterans Services centers at its campuses in Westminster, Longmont, and Fort Collins, and expand and bolster services for those who served the nation.
The Kisco Foundation named FRCC a recipient of its Kohlberg Prize, given annually to increase support for veterans attending community colleges. The grant was announced during a recent ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C.
“This support from the Kisco Foundation will have a major impact on the lives of hundreds of veterans,” said Andy Dorsey, president of FRCC. “The Kohlberg Prize enhances the college’s ability to help more veterans secure rewarding careers and position themselves for successful futures.”
The new Veterans Services centers will offer a full array of support services to help veterans reach their educational and career goals as they transition from soldiers to civilians and become contributors to the economic vitality of Colorado.
The renovated space will include an area for academic advising and counseling; computer access to enable veterans to participate in online learning courses and services; meeting space; and a resource area providing information on veteran programs.
In these centers, veterans will be able to study, get to know one another, build a sense of community on campus, and have a place of their own to spend time between classes.
The project currently is in its initial planning phase. It will consist of creating the layout and furnishings for the centers and planning the training for staff and faculty members.
The Kisco Foundation was established by businessman and philanthropist Jerome Kohlberg. The World War II veteran used the GI Bill to attend Harvard Business and Columbia Law schools and later fought to ensure veterans continued to receive education benefits.
The Kohlberg Prize was awarded to FRCC through the Front Range Community College Foundation.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the state’s largest system of higher education, with 13 colleges across Colorado serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS is a vital statewide pathway to individual achievement and economic vitality. Further, CCCS institutions provide an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional, and personal goals by our students and other members of our communities, and each fosters an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation.