Sierra College Celebrates Opening of New Veterans Center; Key Donation From GTECH

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Sierra College President Willy Duncan addresses about 250 people gathered to officially open the college’s new veterans’ center.

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Veterans Counselor Coordinator Catherine Morris describes the center to U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines.

ROCKLIN – GTECH, along with area veterans and Sierra College administration, celebrated the opening of a brand new technology center today at the Sierra College Veteran’s Center (SCVC) in Rocklin with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center’s technology was donated by GTECH.

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and California Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Peter James Gravett joined Sierra College President Willy Duncan, Sierra College Trustees Aaron Klein, Cari Dawson Bartley and Bill Halldin for the event, with special recognition to the College’s Veterans’ Center Coordinator, Catherine Morris.

The GTECH donation is part of the company’s Technology Giving program, which provides educational opportunities to local community members by donating state-of-the-art computers, printers, software, furniture, and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsor educational programs in California.

“I would like to thank GTECH for their generous donation to our student veterans,” said Sierra College President Willy Duncan. “The donation was instrumental in the creation of the new Veterans Center which will provide centralized services dedicated to their success. Student veterans and their families will be able to find assistance with their educational plans, financial aid, GI benefits, and employment opportunities in one location. GTECH’s contribution has made a real difference in the future of these students.”

As part of the donation, the SCVC received seven desktop computers, a big screen monitor for group instruction, two state-of-the-art color printers, and partially funded new furniture, and a remodel of the center, including the installation of new carpet. The Center is available to the veterans and their families as a safe and supportive environment where they can conduct job searches, apply for positions online, take online college courses, and better their computer skills.

“This donation is a perfect example of a way to honor our country’s soldiers when they come home,” said California Assemblymember Beth Gaines of Rocklin. “I applaud GTECH for this generous gift which will give the veterans opportunities they otherwise may not have had. The Sierra College Veteran’s Center has opened many doors for these men and women, and they are more than deserving of the state-of-the-art technology upgrades this donation has provided.”

“Our nation’s veterans are to be commended for their bravery and dedication to protecting all of us,” said California Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Peter James Gravett. “What better way of saying thank you than with the services of veteran centers like the one here at Sierra College. This donation from GTECH is sure to enrich the lives of the veterans and their families while they are transitioning back into civilian life.”

The SCVC provides services and support for our nation’s soldiers who seek educational and career opportunities. Veterans receive hands-on assistance from veteran peers, counseling faculty and community volunteers as they transition from boots to books. The SCVC provides assistance with college application and registration, GI Bill benefits, mental health awareness training, community service opportunities, tutoring, internships, as well as referrals to veteran and community resources, job search services, and many other services and resources.

“GTECH is proud to partner with the Sierra College Veteran’s Center to help support our nation’s heroes on their path to educational and career success,” said Denise Kimes, GTECH California Account Development Manager. “These veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our country, and this donation is our way of thanking them for all of the sacrifices they make to keep us safe here at home. We are also very thankful to the SCVC for their support and dedication to the veterans’ futures.”

The facilitation of this donation and partnership was also made possible by the VetFund Foundation, a 501c3 that promotes the interests and raises money in support of California veterans and active service members, services, and the programs of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

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