Pima Community College is pleased to announce the dedication of its new Veterans Center at the Downtown Campus on March 14.
The center, located off an attractive campus courtyard, includes an intake desk and information space where vets can seek answers and get referrals to other veterans’ service organizations. There is space for individual and group study, as well as a kitchenette.
The new center replaces a previous center that was deemed too small and not fully in keeping with the needs of Pima’s student-veterans. The new center is 1,500 square feet, more than four times larger than the previous center.
“PCC is committed to doing right by the student-veterans who come to the College seeking a path to a productive civilian life,” Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said. “The veterans talked, we listened, and the result is a new center that meets their needs.”
Pima educates about 1,400 veterans each semester, including many who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The design of the center also recognizes that veterans may come to Pima with additional stress because of their military service. A “quiet room” within the center includes comfortable seating and dimmable lights to allow for a calm environment. It’s a place vets can use when they need to feel grounded. When not in use as a quiet space, the room can function as a group study room.
The Vet Center works closely with the Student Veterans Club formed at the Downtown Campus about four years ago.
The dedication ceremony, featuring guest speakers, a color guard and light refreshments, will be held at the Downtown Campus in the Roosevelt Building, starting at 11:30 a.m. After the ceremony, visitors can enjoy a tour of the center and meet some of PCC’s dedicated student-veterans.