JSCC awarded state Veterans Reconnect grant

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College is among 11 recipients of a Veterans Reconnect Grant from the state. The governor’s office announced Tuesday that JSCC was included in the grant, which is an extension of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase degree and certificate completions, according to a release from JSCC. The school was awarded $94,151 of the total $1 million approved by the general assembly. The grant proposal listed goals including to create a veteran outreach program, an on-campus veteran‘s student center, transition programs to improve graduation rates and a veteran‘s student task force, the release states. Veterans Affairs Coordinator Kristine Nakutis began the application process for the grant in June, according to the school. “[The student center] will allow older veterans who have served 10, 15 or 20 years to connect with the younger soldiers who are still serving in the Guard and the Reserve,” Nakutis states in the release. Anyone interested in opportunities available to veterans at JSCC can reach Kristine Nakutis at 731-425-2618 or knakutis@jscc.edu.

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