Western Nevada College reached out to student veterans with a pizza party/information day at the Fallon campus. The free event took place the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 3, in the art gallery at Virgil Getto Hall. It was presented by the Veterans Administration to help area veterans learn about services available to them, and to assist them in achieving academic success.
“We collaborate VA services with higher education systems,” said Alison Pratte, a VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) grant initiative social worker. “It provides them with anything they need - care from the VA, anything in school. There are good benefits on many different levels.”
“This is the first event of its kind here,” said Ron Murrujo, Fallon campus manager and counselor. “They heard about some things and services that they haven’t been aware of, and learn more about the college. It could be a way to get some veterans thinking about taking some classes.”
VITAL hosted a similar event at WNC’s Carson City campus in September.
“It was very successful and completely exceeded our expectations,” said Pratte. “There were vets attending who didn’t know there were so many fellow vets on their campus, and they were excited to meet other veterans.”
VITAL was established through funding from the Department of Defense to provide outreach programs at WNC, University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College.
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