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Central Texas Colleges See Increase in Veteran Enrollment

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It's a challenge to any veteran leaving the service, how to transition from military life into college life.

Central Texas colleges are seeing an increasing number of veterans enrolling and taking the advantage of the opportunity and schools are taking steps to continue that. But it's a challenge making sure they all succeed.

McLennan County College Veteran Specialist Kris Cervantes works closely with troops.

"We do see some who come in and maybe they feel a little bit lost and they are coming to school because when they are getting out of the military, people say 'You got that GI Bill you should go to school'", said Cerantes. "And they do, they have a fantastic GI Bill, but maybe they haven't decided what they want to do."

From TSTC to MCC to CTC, all have seen veteran enrollment increase. 

"Each year that I have been here, its been growing steadily and I expect with the drawdowns and with the changes to deployments, that's going to continue," said Cervantes.

Central Texas College in Killeen is planning to open up a center dedicated to veterans. It's called Vet Success Center and Chancellor Thomas Klincar couldn't be more excited.

"This is going to help transition service members really understand and challenge their education benefits and that's good for everybody," Klincar said. "That's good for our area, our employees and it's good for the economy."

Klincar served in the Air Force and knows exactly what veterans go through.

"The number one challenge to a veteran is to find out what benefits they are entitled too, and we're here to help them," said Klincar.

Colleges also cope with students who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. CTC Veteran Technician Misty Carr has helped with veteran students for 10 years.

"We try to take care of them a little bit and be more gentle to today's veterans because there is such a large population with PTSD," Carr said.

The Vet Success Center at CTC is scheduled to open in September; however it's open not just for students at the college, but to all veterans.  

 

 

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