New Student Center Helps Veterans Transition

In Northwest Houston, veteran students have an excellent resource at their disposal. The Lone State College (LSCS) – University Park’s Veterans Affairs Center (VAC) offers veterans all the educational and financial aid help they need in order to attend their community college programs under one single roof.

The VAC is very helpful in assisting veterans transitioning back into their communities. It is designed to resemble the one-stop shopping centers veterans are used to existing on military installations. The VAC allows veterans to obtain their education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to speak with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) counselor, and to have any questions answered regarding their education as well as other veteran benefits and resources.

In the spring of 2009, 931 veterans enrolled in LSCS. By fall of 2009, veteran enrollment was up to 1,576. It is expected this semester will put the number of veteran students attending LSCS over 1,700. The need to construct the VAC became very obvious very quickly.

The center focuses on helping veterans to get their maximum amount of educational and housing benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The center has already received incredible positive feedback from the community. The center provides veterans with:

  • Work and study areas;
  • A computer lab;
  • A break room; and
  • A conference room.

The VAC provides more than just educational benefits, it also serves as a safe harbor for veteran students. The VAC is a centralized location where veterans can find out about their  benefits, or just hang around other veterans.

Learn more about the veteran’s transitional center.