Veterans enrolled in classes on Western Nevada Collegeâ€™s Fallon campus can count on a support system to help them in their academic futures.
WNC opened a Veterans Resource Center in Sage Hall on Sept. 21 to assist the 24 veterans who are taking classes this fall, as well as others whom are considering resuming their educational careers.
â€œWe really want to attract veterans to come back to school or start school,â€ said Fallon Campus Director Sherry Black. â€œItâ€™s a face for the campus that they know we are here and that we are here to support them.â€
Itâ€™s the second Veterans Resource Center for WNC. A center to assist veterans opened on the Carson City campus in January 2013.
Like it did for the Carson City center, WNC has appointed a veteran to manage the Fallon center. David Johnson has been tasked with helping veterans in Fallon. He served 20 years in the Navy and was deployed more than a dozen times to the Persian Gulf.
â€œWho better to know what they need than another veteran?â€ Johnson said. â€œThatâ€™s the main reason Iâ€™m doing it; veterans helping veterans. We might not have traveled the same path, but I can understand the road they have been on.
â€œWe want to see that veterans are taken care of and pointed in the right direction to help them out.â€
Black said that the center, which is located in Room 100C of Sage Hall, will provide many resources to veterans. In addition to information about careers in education, veterans will receive facts about GI Bill benefits as well as financial aid.
â€œIt also will be a place for them to gather and collaborate,â€ Black said.
Veterans will also benefit from the academic support system that assists other students on campus, including the Academic Skills Center, library and guidance from staff members.
â€œOur hope is to grow the veteran enrollment and let them know they have a place here,â€ Black said.
As a WNC graduate with an associate degree, Johnson can provide veterans with a direct perspective about education. He is also working on a degree in business management.
â€œIt can be a challenging transition into the academic world,â€ he said. â€œWhether they are taking online classes or sitting in classes, they both have unique challenges, and Iâ€™m here to help them with that.â€
Veterans in the Fallon area can contact Johnson at 775-423-7565, ext. 2247.