Thirty resource workshops for Alabama’s active-duty military, veterans and their families will happen across Alabama’s community colleges in January and February, thanks to a partnership of the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&D) and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).
The ACCS Military and Veterans College and Career Workshops will take place beginning Tuesday, January 24, through Tuesday, February 28, at community colleges across every region of the state. The workshops will engage military active-duty, guardsmen, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents on the local services and programs available to them through Alabama’s community colleges. These services include access to veterans’ service officers, veterans’ educational benefits, apprenticeships, career services, mental health support and credentials.
“The partnership between Alabama RC&D and ACCS is a perfect fit for RC&D because it involves people, specifically our veterans, and this partnership will help connect active-duty military and veterans with education and workforce opportunities available to them in their communities,” said Nick Williams, Alabama RC&D Chair.
Veterans attend Alabama’s community colleges for academic or workforce training.
“The veterans’ workshops and luncheons throughout the state are bound to welcome veterans who want to learn what services are available to them within their local communities,” Commissioner Kent Davis of the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs said. “I applaud Alabama RC&D and the Alabama Community College System for building a program that serves those who have served and are currently serving.”
Alabama is ranked second in the nation as the best state for veterans and these new college and career workshops will help Alabama reach number one.
“There are infinite opportunities for our Alabama service members to reach their personal and professional goals and I am excited to see so many of these programs brought to light,” said Maj. Gen. Sheryl E. Gordon, Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard. “We appreciate the efforts of the Alabama Community College System and Alabama Association of RC&D Councils to bring these opportunities to the forefront.”
Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, said the veterans’ workshops are among many efforts by the System to collaborate with associations that are already working successfully to strengthen communities.
“Community colleges were created many years ago to provide veterans with an opportunity to gain training closer to their homes,” said Baker. “The partnership with Alabama RC&D confirms that together, we can make available the resources that our colleges have so that we can continue to serve those who have served our country.”
A schedule of the workshops can be found at the following link: www.accs.edu/for-veterans.
Dates for each event are available below:
|Bishop State||Mobile||February 28|
|Calhoun State||Huntsville||February 21|
|Central Alabama||Alexander City|
|Chattahoochee Valley||Phenix City||February 28|
|Drake State||Huntsville||February 28|
|Jefferson State||Shelby||February 17|
|Lawson State||Birmingham||February 3|
|Lurleen B. Wallace||Greenville|
|Northwest-Shoals||Muscle Shoals||February 16|
|Reid State||Evergreen||February 9|
|Shelton State||Tuscaloosa||January 31|
|Snead State||Boaz||January 26|
|Southern Union||Opelika||February 15|
|Trenholm State||Montgomery – Peterson Campus||January 31|