Enrollment of veterans increases this semester.
By Jon Hernandez
The veterans affairs office has planned a workshop and resource fair.
A Texas Veterans Commission education workshop fair will be 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27, in Rooms 202- 204 of the Victory Center.
Education Coordinator Stesha Colby will lead the event.
“The Texas Veterans Commission offers readiness training such as helping veterans translate what they did in the military on to a job résumé to helping veterans with their interview skills,” veterans affairs Coordinator Angel Garza said Sept. 10.
“It’s just really trying to introduce them back into the civilian world and how to get employment.”
A resource fair is scheduled 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23 in the same location.
Twenty-seven vendors have signed up to attend, Garza said.
“We bring in outside resources to talk about different benefits they offer around the community.” she said. “They come from all over with some from out of town, and they help students look for jobs and help with background checks.”
Vendors such as Chick-fil-A and bail bondsmen have attended previous fairs.
More than thirty vendors attended the last resource fair March 26.
Resource fairs will be once a semester in the fall and spring, she said.
The resource fair is targeted to student veterans and their family members.
“Veterans affairs is a special population. They served our country, and we want to honor and serve back by helping them with their education benefits,” Garza said.
The advising team lead, Rose Moreno, said enrollment of veterans has increased.
“Since February of last year, there has been an increase as far as how many students are assigned to my advisers,” she said.
Tammy Micallef, director of veterans affairs, said the number of veterans enrolled this semester has increased more than 500 students since last fall.
In fall 2018, 1,401 veterans were enrolled, and this semester 1,929 are enrolled.
For more information, visit Room 101 in the Victory Center or call 210-486-0111. For the Texas Veterans Commission, visit tvc.texas.gov.