Alabama’s active-duty military, veterans, and their families will now have access to 30 resource workshops across the state, thanks to the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils.
The workshops will provide information and services and programs available through the Alabama Community College System. The workshops will take place across the state Jan. 24 to Feb. 28. Visit www.accs.edu/for-veterans.
“The Alabama Community College System’s proposal to host workshops to help our veterans gives RC&D councils in every region of the state the opportunity to deliver essential information regarding education and employment opportunities for those who have done so much for our country,” said Executive Director Katie Connor. “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.”
Commissioner Kent Davis of the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs welomed the program.
“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,” he 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.”
Services that are available through the system include access to veterans service officers, veterans educational benefits, apprenticeships, career services, mental health support, and credentials.
“The resources available to Alabama’s military community are valuable benefits of which our service members, our veterans, and our families should be aware,” said Maj. Gen. Sheryl E. Gordon, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard. “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.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Alabama Community College System and Alabama Association of RC&D Councils to bring these opportunities to the forefront.”
Dr. Jimmy H. Baker, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, said the system is collaborating with associations across the state to grow and strengthen Alabama communities.
“Public community colleges were created many years ago to provide veterans with an opportunity to gain training closer to their homes,” he said. “We are approaching 60 years as the Alabama Community College System, and we recognize that our greatest impact comes when we work alongside entities that are committed to serving the residents, businesses and industries of our state.
“The partnership with Alabama RC&D confirms that together, we can make available the colleges’ resources so that we can continue to serve those who have served our country.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.