Posted November 14, 2019
Seventeen Lorain County Community College students who are veterans were inducted today into the LCCC chapter of SALUTE, the Veterans National Honorary Society.
This is the first group of student veterans to be inducted into the new chapter that was founded in June of this year at LCCC.
Each of the student veterans received a certificate and Challenge coin before taking their membership oath. A Challenge coin is specific to each veteran with their particular branch of service, campaign or event emblazoned on the coin. The student veterans received a SALUTE National Honorary Society Challenge coin.
“One of the things we find at LCCC is we have a large community of veterans,” said Tim Teets, surgical technology program director and instructor, and faculty advisor for the society. “As a veteran myself, I know it can be a difficult transition from military life to civilian life. LCCC is committed to helping veterans and this takes an additional step in acknowledging their achievements and providing further resources to help achieve their goals in support of our local veteran community.”
One of the students recognized today, Tarryn Williams, 31, said “it was pretty awesome to be recognized. I feel the college not only acknowledges my academic achievements but also my veteran status.” Also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year students, she appreciates that the college puts “so much thought into our success.” The second-year MEMS student is also a part of the SAIL program, which offers advising and financial assistance to students.
SALUTE was founded by Colorado State University in 2009 with grants from the American Council on Education and the Walmart Foundation. It is the first and only National Honors Society specifically for veteran students.
Members of SALUTE are students who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard) and have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“Through SALUTE we recognize our students’ dedication to their education and their service to our country,” Marisa Vernon White, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services said.
The 17 students inducted were: Audrey Bell, Christopher Blevins, Amber Chaudry, Aaron Coleman, Anika Coleman, Charles Ferenchak, Peter Lugas, Vanessa McClaine, Glen Morse, Anthony Mottley, Ronald Ramsey, Kacie Schultz, Clair Simko, John Sutcliffe, Robert Tobicash, Tarryn Williams, Sabrina Williams.
The LCCC Veterans and Military Service Members Center serves more than 300 student veterans a year. Services include career and academic advising, counseling, verifying of veterans benefits, a veterans club and lounge.
For more information on Veterans Services at LCCC visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/veterans or call (440) 366-7685.