Many East Tennesseans know Pellissippi State Community College’s reputation for supporting and enrolling one of the largest student-veteran populations in the state. It’s a reputation that, in fact, has made its way to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They also may know the Wounded Warrior Project, respected for its role in helping injured service members recover from the trauma of war.
Now WWP and Pellissippi State are looking for ways to assist one another in helping veterans as they transition from combat zone to classroom to employment.
“Collaborating with WWP would give our students access to and awareness of a network of support resources they may need,” said Ron Bridges, Faculty Senate president. “This can only help their success as students. It will also give all of our students an opportunity to get involved in supporting a great organization and engaging in community actions.”
Pellissippi State’s Veterans Support Committee hosted WWP staff members at the Hardin Valley Campus on Dec. 12. The committee includes representatives from the college’s administration, faculty and staff.
The discussion covered several areas of common interest and mutual concern, including transitioning to the classroom, employment, academic preparedness and community engagement.
Tiffany Daugherty and Kayla Avery, staff members at WWP’s new regional office in Nashville, came to campus for the meeting. The new WWP office opened in October, and its staff has spent a lot of time traveling the state, reaching out to organizations that serve veterans.
“Our main focus is to let the veterans know that we are here,” said Daugherty. WWP offers more than 18 programs and services to veterans and their families. To learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
To find out more about the resources available to veterans through Pellissippi State, go to www.pstcc.edu/financial_aid/veterans or call (865) 694-6400.